Recently, the student government of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute decided to file a complaint with the New York Board of Regents over the behavior of its administration. In an editorial in the school paper, they lay out a case against the Board of Trustees in considerable detail. Briefly summarizing:
- President Shirley Ann Jackson appointed a new Director of the Union without consulting the (student-elected) Executive Board of the Union.
- The (student-elected) Grand Marshal and President of the Union were also deliberately excluded from the hiring process.
- The Board of Trustees allocated Union funds and office space for this new director without consulting the E-board.
- The administration had previously removed athletics funding from the Union budget, unilaterally and without student involvement.
- The Union is purportedly student-run, and has a constitution which prohibits all of the above actions.
- Various administrators made false or misleading statements to the student body. The editorial gives numerous specific examples.
They also write:
We are appalled by this most blatant violation of student rights and the Rensselaer Union Constitution to date, and we censure this further attack on what once was a model for student-run unions across the country. Because of the level of severity at which the administration has violated the Union Constitution and, therefore, the Act of Incorporation passed by the New York State Legislature, we will be filing a formal complaint with the Board of Regents of the New York State Education Department regarding these incidents.
I have not been able to find a copy of the complaint itself, but I assume it would reiterate most of the material described above. It could possibly also cite some earlier unpleasantness involving faculty government, and/or several instances of the administration interfering with students who tried to lawfully protest it (most recently this one).
(It's also rather impressive that RPI managed to annoy both AAUP and FIRE in such a short period of time.)
What are the likely outcomes of this complaint? Will the Regents do anything, or is this going to get stuck in a drawer and forgotten?