Tensions are simmering between students, faculty and the administration at Ithaca College. The student government association has instituted a vote of no confidence in the college president, the faculty is planning to hold its own vote.
The vote of no confidence comes as students claim the administration has done little to address racially-charged incidents at Ithaca College.
Students point to a recent panel discussion at the college involving two alumni. During the discussion, one of the speakers used racially insensitive comments. Students believe administrators should have interrupted the panel and addressed the remarks.
College President Tom Rochon issued a statement afterward saying, “The college cannot prevent the use of hurtful language on campus. Such language, intentional or unintentional, exists in the world and will seep into our community. We can’t promise that the college will never host a speaker who could say something racist, homophobic, misogynistic, or otherwise disrespectful.”
Students have until the end of the month to weigh in on the no-confidence vote. A campus walk-out is planned.
The vote and the campus protest come in the wake of the resignation of the President of the University of Missouri President and the University Chancellor amid accusations that they did not properly address racial comments and insensitivity on campus.