Bemidji students join unrest over chancellor

Bemidji State campus in snow

Bemidji State University student leaders say they have passed a vote of “no confidence” in Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system Chancellor Steven Rosenstone.

The vote, which passed unanimously with one abstention, came the same day that Board of Trustees Chairman Tom Renier renewed a call for mediation between Rosenstone, faculty unions and even students in their dispute over his plan to overhaul the system.

The vote is the second publicized no-confidence vote by MnSCU university students. Metropolitan State University students passed such a vote earlier this month. Winona State students have issued a list of concerns.

The student announcement stated:

The Bill of Particulars echoes many of the same sentiments of those passed by other student associations as well as faculty senates.  These concerns include lack of transparency, misappropriation of MnSCU funds, lack of professionalism, and inadequate representation of MnSCU in the state legislature.  These are very serious concerns, and the members of the BSUSA Student Senate hope that there will be movement toward resolution soon.

The BSU Student Senate realizes the importance of the student voice and will continue to participate in the Charting the Future implementation in hopes of finding the best way to serve the students of the MnSCU system.

The list is below.

MnSCU spokesman Doug Anderson replied in an email, “Given the testimony of multiple student leaders at yesterday’s meeting of the Board of Trustees, we are surprised by this vote.”