in the latest edition of the campus newspaper, The Chart, an article by Brennan Stebbins, an expert, constitutional law professor Mae Kuykendall, examines those methods and notes they are the same as those used at other universities where the president is under fire:
"Let's not get the cart before the horse," Douglas added. "Let's get procedures. Let's assure everybody in this process has an opportunity to review what's done and to respond to it."
University President Bruce Speck later said he shared the same concerns.
"I think Dwight Douglas raised issues of procedures that do concern me because I don't know there is a clear procedure here," Speck said. "Certainly they've talked about procedure, but I don't know, I've not been given a written procedure. I've not been told you'll have so many days to respond or any of those things, as we would normally have in, say, a faculty handbook for faculty members."
Kuykendall said, however, that no-confidence votes typically have no formal procedures, and a lack of procedures is often used as a defense.
"I began to see it's a standard script, they always attack the procedures by which the vote happens," she said.
"They always attack the motives of whoever's participating and trying to make them petty," she added. "It's always a generic charge."