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Rutgers Faculty Members Call For President’s Resignation

Thirteen Rutgers University faculty members are demanding the resignation of university President Robert Barchi amid a scandal involving fired men’s basketball coach Mike Rice.

Robert Barchi
Robert Barchi, President of Rutgers University (Getty Images)

The professors’ two-page letter to the Rutgers Board of Governors and Board of Trustees calls inexcusable Barchi’s handling of Rice’s dealings with student athletes and his insensitivity toward diversity.

The Rutgers coach was fired Wednesday, one day after a video surfaced of him hitting, shoving and berating his players with anti-gay slurs. Rice had been suspended late last year after the school was first made aware of the video.

The taunts were especially troubling behavior at Rutgers, where freshman student Tyler Clementi killed himself in 2010 after his roommate used a webcam to spy on him kissing another man in his dorm.

The Associated Press viewed the letter on an independent faculty website.

 

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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