BREAKING: Hundreds join 'walk out' at Ithaca College over more made up Racial 'Injustice'
Hundreds have agreed to a "Solidarity Walk Out" Wednesday at Ithaca College, following alleged ongoing racial injustice on campus and calls for the president to step down.
Many on campus have called for a vote of no confidence for the college's president, Tom Rochon. According to the Facebook page for the event, members of the campus community will be "walking out for all the injustices students of color face on this campus and other colleges nationally. With University of Missouri's president stepping down, we demand Rochon to do the same as it is vital to fight against both covert and overt racism in all places of education and empowerment."
As of Wednesday morning, more than 600 people had said they would participate in the walkout, according to the Facebook page.
The walk out is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and will end at Freedom Rock, located outside Campus Center.
Across the nation, students, faculty and staff at universities are protesting racism on campuses. Weeks of protest at the University of Missouri led to the president, Tim Wolfe, and chancellor, R. Bowen Loftin, stepping down this week. Ithaca College's student newspaper, The Ithacan, has drawn parallels to the movement on its campus and the University of Missouri movement.
Student Government Association has asked students to cast a vote of "confidence" or "no confidence" in Rochon. Those votes are due Nov. 30, according to USA Today. Faculty Council has also voted to make a confidence vote.
A vote of no confidence does not have power to remove Rochon from his post, but it would send a strong message to the board of trustees.