FAIRBORN — The Wright State University Board of Trustees are scheduled to meet in an executive session Friday, Jan. 25 in which collective bargaining is the item on the meeting agenda.
Some Wright State University students marched through campus Jan. 24 holding signs and chanting “AAUP we support our faculty.”
An organization called “WSU Students for Faculty” sent a press release to local media members Jan. 23 that said Wright State is discouraging media from speaking with students and that the college is censoring students’ social media accounts by deleting comments made on WSU posts.
The press release also said the school, “repeatedly made implicit as well as explicit attempts to suppress student voices in support of faculty through means of intimidation. Through several mass emails, the university has threatened to withdraw financial aid of students who choose to support striking faculty on the picket line.”
The press release additionally included that “sweepers” and replacement professors have made threats to students, as well as other accusations.
WSU said Jan. 23 that additional bargaining unit faculty members have reported for class.
“A Wright State survey of the Dayton and Lake campuses found approximately 43 percent of AAUP-WSU faculty are teaching or will teach their classes,” the press release said. “… Of all classes offered Jan. 23 on Wright State’s Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule about 86 percent were held without issue due to the combined efforts of returning and non-bargaining faculty, administrators and staff.”
WSU added that 99 percent of classes at the Lake Campus have continued and that no classes at the Boonshoft School of Medicine and School of Professional Psychology have been impacted.
The Wright State University Student Government Association held a press conference Jan. 23, where SGA President said some classes are being held on a self-study plan basis on the college’s online portal. Wright State also said in its press release that students should continue to attend their classes but is aware that some discipline areas are being impacted more than others.
Contact Whitney Vickers at 937-502-4532.