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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A national organization of university professors is criticizing the way Southern University faculty members were treated immediately after the school declared a financial emergency nearly two years ago.

The report from the American Association of University Professors accuses Southern of freezing faculty out of the decision-making process as administrators looked for ways to cut costs.

Southern declared a financial emergency in October 2011 as a result of ongoing state budget cuts and student enrollment losses.

According to reports in Baton Rouge, Southern eliminated roughly 70 faculty positions and several dozen non-faculty positions through layoffs, retirements, resignations and attrition.

In his response to the AAUP, Chancellor James Llorens this week, cited repeated state budget cuts, state-mandated increases in admissions standards and numerous unfunded mandates as the reasons for Southern's financial troubles.

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