Faculty motions to give Rojo tenure

Faculty voted overwhelmingly to urge the board of trustees to uphold the tenure review committee’s recommendation to grant professor Juan Rojo tenure in a special faculty meeting Tuesday, several sources confirmed. Sources confirmed that attendees were told they could face serious sanctions if they discuss the contents of the meeting, even with their spouses. The […]

Professor to end hunger strike Monday morning

Spanish Professor Juan Rojo announced to the board of trustees Saturday that he plans to suspend his hunger strike Monday at 10 a.m. Faculty were notified Sunday morning. Rojo has only consumed water and sports drinks since announcing his decision to hunger strike at a faculty meeting on Tuesday after the denial of his tenure […]

Byerly and Rojo meet; Governance committee to meet this afternoon

President Alison Byerly and Spanish Professor Juan Rojo met face-to-face for the first time on Thursday night regarding Rojo’s hunger strike in response to the denial of his tenure application. A faculty governance committee is planned this afternoon to discuss the tenure review process in response to Rojo’s strike. Any voting member of the faculty can attend as observers, […]

Student evaluations and tenure: A professor’s hunger strike

Near the end of Tuesday’s faculty meeting, a Lafayette professor announced that he had been on hunger strike since the meeting began at 4:10 p.m. and would not end until his demands are met. Assistant Spanish Professor Juan Rojo’s demands: that the faculty’s committee’s vote to grant him tenure be upheld and that systematic changes to the tenure […]

Professor hunger strikes against denial of tenure

This was a breaking news story and has been updated. Check here for updates. A Lafayette assistant professor announced today that he is going on a hunger strike to protest President Alison Byerly’s decision to deny him tenure and to protest the tenure review process. Juan Rojo, who teaches Spanish, began the hunger strike when […]