UNH students plan solidarity rally after lecturers are let go

  • In this photo taken Wednesday April 6, 2016 students walk past the historic Thompson Hall at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H. The water system serving the University is among more than two dozen in New Hampshire that have exceeded the federal lead standard at least once in the last three years. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) Jim Cole

Associated Press
Monday, February 12, 2018

Students at the University of New Hampshire say they are planning a solidarity rally after the school announced it will not renew nearly 20 lecturer positions.

Last month, UNH officials announced they would not be renewing the contracts of 18 lecturers in the College of Liberal Arts. Students were planning an on campus solidarity rally at 11 a.m. Friday, with organizers saying they invited school administrators and Democratic U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan.

Student Eden Suoth said the rally aims to show the human consequences of the decisions to cut the lecturer positions.

University officials said in a statement that no academic programs are being eliminated because of the job cuts, and the university is under increasing budget pressure every year.