Norton retained at UNC
The UNC Board of Trustees held a special meeting Wednesday to respond to a list of student demands presented to them last November. The meeting lasted just over 15 minutes.
The students’ request that President Kay Norton be removed from her position and a new president be found with input from students was denied.
“The Board remains satisfied with President Norton’s overall performance and has concluded that she continues to meet overarching goals for moving UNC forward,” the board wrote in a letter distributed to audience members and read aloud by Board Chairman Dick Monfort. “The Board intends to retain President Norton as UNC’s president.”
Other requests seemed to be out of the board’s control, such as the demand that trustees be subject to term limits or increased funding for ASSET, a program that provides in-state tuition eligibility for undocumented students.
“The composition and selection and terms of service of the board of trustees is described in the Colorado statutes and these statutes do not place term limits on any trustee, whether appointed by the Governor or elected by the faculty or students,” the board wrote in regards to term limits.
The ASSET program provides eligibility for in-state tuition, not direct funding, according to ciccoloradoasset.org, a website that provides information about the program. UNC provides the same tuition rate for ASSET students that it does for other students who qualify for in-state tuition.
Responses to other demands, such as salary increases for cultural center directors and increasing those centers’ budgets, were deferred until budget and salary meetings were held for all departments and staff members.
A Gender and Sexuality Resource Center building was also requested by the students, and got one of the firmest replies of any of their demands. It was determined that an interim location will be located by the board’s April 15 meeting and that funding will be included in the 2018 budget.
Jayy Heston, a graduate student who has been involved in the process, said that it wasn’t enough. It wasn’t the first time that a Center has been promised, according to Heston, and she said she wasn’t hopeful that this time would be different. Neither was she impressed with the result of the rest of the requests.
“None,” she responded quickly when asked how many of the demands had been addressed to her satisfaction. With the exception of the Gender and Sexuality Center, “there were no due dates, no significance,” she said.
Austin Ramirez, another graduate student involved in the process, was equally unimpressed.
“It just tells us the lack of accountability,” he said. “We get 20 minute board meetings or an email. Nothing substantial. Just a boilerplate speech.”
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