Ithaca College faculty members will vote in a referendum on the issue of confidence in President Tom Rochon.
A string of race-related controversies at the University of Missouri mirror incidents that have been occurring at Ithaca College. At both institutions, student protest groups have spoken out against systemic racism and called for the resignation of their college’s presidents.
“The Case Against Tom Rochon” is the document passed out by members of POC at IC at Ithaca College’s Family Weekend. It is unclear where the document originated.
In the wake of faculty discussions about initiating a vote of no confidence in President Tom Rochon, two out of five schools have voted for recommending Faculty Council conduct a vote, while one has voted against holding such a vote.
Faculty members in the Roy H. Park School of Communications will meet at noon Nov. 3 in the Park Hall Auditorium to discuss a potential no confidence vote in President Tom Rochon and the ongoing race-related issues on campus.
The POC at IC group has announced “demand sessions” for Nov. 3 and 6 where participants will share their grievances about Ithaca College and the administration, and answer questions regarding the vote of no confidence for President Tom Rochon organized by the Student Government Association.
A majority of H&S faculty members who attended a Faculty Senate meeting Oct. 29 voted in favor of sending the motion, according to an email sent to H&S faculty obtained by The Ithacan.
A substantial portion of the campus community witnessed the powerful escalation of the “Addressing Community Action on Racism and Cultural Bias” event Oct. 27. Students, faculty, staff and administrators understood there would be a big event. They understood there would be a potential for controversy. But perhaps nobody understood what the event would be — and what it should be — better than the POC at IC group.