ITHACA, NY – It’s been two months of turmoil at Ithaca College. Walkouts, demonstrations and occupations were staged. Votes of no confidence were called.

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Ultimately, it all hinges on one thing: whether or not Tom Rochon remains president of Ithaca College.

Rochon remains resolute in holding on to the position, and the Board of Trustees has made no indications that they’ll force him out.

As the semester winds down, it’s difficult to predict what the next one will be like. With so much of the student body and faculty proclaiming against him, Rochon’s administration may find itself in a difficult place.

We want to know what our readers think. Let us know in the poll below.

Need to brush up on the facts? Check below the poll for a rundown of our extensive coverage of the ongoing story.

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Underlying discontent with Tom Rochon -which included criticisms of how he handled racial incidents on campus and having an “autocratic” leadership style – reached a boiling point on November 11. Hundreds of demonstrators walked out and the student government called for a vote of no confidence on the same day.

Rochon told us then that “resignation had not crossed his mind,” and that he saw the turmoil as a “leadership opportunity.”

Criticisms continued to mount, but not everyone thought that getting rid of Rochon was the solution.

When the no confidence vote results came in, they were not in Rochon’s favor. 72% of students who voted, and 77% of faculty who voted said they had no confidence in Rochon.

Rochon hasn’t changed his tune – he still believes he’s the one to lead the college through these difficult times.

What do you think?

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Michael Smith

Michael Smith reports on politics and local news for the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached via email at, by cell at (607) 229-0885, or via Google Voice at (518) 650-3639.