St. Louis (KSDK) - Late Tuesday afternoon the Faculty Senate at Saint Louis University took a "no confidence" vote against the school's president, Reverend Lawrence Biondi.
University spokesperson Clayton Berry calls the vote unjustified.
This is the second "no confidence" vote taken against Father Biondi in recent days. It's in response to a controversial and short-lived proposal to revamp the university's tenure system.
Tuesday's vote came just hours after students staged a sit-in calling for the resignation of Father Biondi.
"We want to show that we will not live in a culture of fear anymore and support our faculty," said student protestor Liz Ramsey.
"This is an incredibly strong university, we've had record enrollment our endowment is up to almost $900 million. There's record high student retention, fundraising is up, we've brought in one of the largest and smartest freshmen classes. All of that under Father Biondi's leadership," said Jeff Fowler.
Before Tuesday's vote, Father Biondi sent out a statement saying many facts are being distorted.
It says in part, "It's one thing to have honest disagreements, it is quite another to degrade the institution we all care about."
You can read Father Biondi's entire statement by clicking on the PDF link above.