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U of A students planning to protest budget cuts

Protest was held before trustee meeting. (Source: WOIO) Protest was held before trustee meeting. (Source: WOIO)
Protest was held before trustee meeting. (Source: WOIO) Protest was held before trustee meeting. (Source: WOIO)
AKRON, OH (WOIO) -

Students at the University of Akron protested Wednesday morning before the board of trustees meeting.

Protesters want to make their voices loud and clear that they do not have confidence in university president Scott Scarborough after making what they call dangerous budget cuts over the summer.

The board chairman calls the protest a bargaining tactic by the faculty union. The faculty senate says many of them are not members of the bargaining unit, and still voted no confidence in the president's leadership abilities.

In August, roughly 200 jobs were cut, tuition deadlines were moved up and late fees were doubled.

This summer, the university rolled out its plans to reduce expenses by $40 million.

That process included the following: 

-Eliminating 215 positions via a planned reduction in workforce; no faculty layoffs are occurring
-Eliminating baseball
-Eliminating non-academic programming in EJ Thomas Hall, except for rentals
-Outsourcing dining services
-Renegotiating health care plans
-Increasing the cost share of retiree dependent coverage
-Changing the university’s retire/rehire policy
-Centralizing course scheduling
-Reducing central costs, such as legal fees and university memberships

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