Written by Julia Rodriquez, Asst. Opinions Editor
Three of the 31 laid-off professors may be keeping their jobs.
At the beginning of the 2015 fall semester, 31 VSU faculty members were told that they would not have their contracts renewed and would need to find work elsewhere by the end of the fiscal year.
On March 23, the Faculty Senate released the agenda for Thursday’s meeting. According to the Faculty Senate Agenda for March 24, 2016, “Three non-renewal letters have been rescinded.”
When the lay-offs were initially announced, there were protests in response and numerous students worried about their education suffering. Although it is still in discussion, the possibility of these faculty members returning should provide relief to many still vexed by the lay-offs.
Decrease in enrollment was attributed to the need for lay-offs, however with the recent increases in enrollment, it is no wonder that the situation is beginning to turn around. For now, students can hope for these faculty members and more to keep their jobs.
The Agenda also reported that Columbus Day has been removed from the VSU calendar and included an attached resolution against firearms on campus. The resolution explained why the Faculty Senate does not want firearms to be permitted on campus.
“…Allowing concealed carry permit holders to bring firearms on university grounds or into classrooms threatens the progress of education and the expression of ideas by imposing lethal weaponry within a place that harbors vigorous and often heated academic discussion…” was written in the Faculty Senate Resolution Against Firearms on Campus.
This resolution goes further in depth on the subject and can be found in the Faculty Senate agenda for March 24, 2016.
Elections will be held at the meeting in April for Vice President, Secretary and Parliamentarian of the Faculty Senate. It is essential that these positions be filled.