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Faculty calls out administration on sexual harassment policies

By Timothy Fanning and Devin Rodriguez Citing a 2-year-old incident, the Faculty Senate last month called on the university administration to step up efforts to “reduce sexual harassment and other discrimination” on campus. In a stern letter delivered to top administrators on Sept. 5, the Senate said the university “contributes to the culture of silence that […]

President failed to appease her fiercest critics

By Timothy Fanning When the president of the USF system abruptly removed Regional Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska last month, no critic was fiercer than professor Raymond Arsenault. The ouster, he said, was “more like an execution than a resignation.” He slammed President Judy Genshaft’s move as a “gross overreaction” that trampled on due process, ignored senior […]

Durand: I’m afraid ‘we will lose a little momentum’

By Timothy Fanning Twice in his 13 years at USF St. Petersburg, V. Mark Durand has held key administrative posts as the university grew in size and stature. Now the prominent professor fears the controversy surrounding the abrupt dismissal of Regional Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska on Sept. 18 may smudge USF St. Petersburg’s image and blunt […]

USF waives out-of-state fees for Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands students

By Timothy Fanning The USF system announced Friday that all out-of-state fees will be waived for the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters for students who have permanent residence in either Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands. According to USF System, this is being done in order to assist families who may have been […]

In hopes to maintain ‘sense of normalcy’ after Irma, USF System doesn’t extend Fall semester

By Timothy Fanning The Office of Academic Affairs announced today that it will not extend the Fall 2017 academic calendar. “Given what students, faculty and staff have experienced across the state of Florida and the southeastern United States,” the statement said. “We will encourage all instructors to remain sensitive to the physical and emotional trauma that […]

Arsenault ‘shocked and disturbed’ by Genshaft’s handling of regional chancellor departure

By Timothy Fanning When Raymond Arsenault arrived in 1980, most of the tiny school that townspeople called “USF Bayboro” sat on 11 acres jutting out into Bayboro Harbor. The financial endowment was small, the mission unclear, the future uncertain. Over the years, however, as Arsenault became a prominent Southern historian and author, his little school […]

Gone, erased and no more; Wisniewska cut from website

The university wasted no time this week in erasing search results on its website for the former regional chancellor. In a written statement, Jessica Blais, USF St. Petersburg’s communication director, confirmed the deletion earlier this week, but did not say whether the order was given by USF system President Judy Genshaft. “As part of our […]

Genshaft touts campus hurricane preparedness; doesn’t mention Wisniewska

In a video statement Tuesday, USF System President Judy Genshaft addressed the university’s preparedness for Hurricane Irma.   She praised faculty, staff and students who went to great lengths before, during and after the storm to ensure the safety and welfare of all those who sheltered on campus. There was no mention of former regional […]

Wisniewska forced out over handling of Irma evacuations

By Timothy Fanning and Nancy McCann Sophia Wisniewska, who was abruptly ousted as regional chancellor, was pushed out for her handling of the evacuation of the university in the days before Hurricane Irma. In a three-page draft letter from Judy Genshaft, the USF system president expressed her “profound disappointment” with Wisniewska’s “lack of leadership in […]

Dismayed and confused; forum brings no answers to Regional Chancellor sacking

By Timothy Fanning, Dinorah Prevost and Nancy McCann Editor’s note: Shortly after this story was published, the real reason for Wisniewska’s ousting emerged. You can find that story here. The new leader of the university assured students Monday that things will proceed smoothly in the months ahead, while professors and students expressed shock, dismay and […]