The Appalachian State University Faculty Senate voted to approve a resolution of no confidence in Chancellor Sheri Everts’ leadership as well as a resolution holding the University of North Carolina system Board of Governors and Everts responsible for COVID-19 illnesses and deaths as a result of reopening the campus.

The Watauga Democrat reports the resolution states that Everts is frequently isolated from and unable to effectively communicate with faculty, and that she has failed in strengthening institutional finances, providing goals, operating in a transparent fashion and embracing shared governance.

Faculty Senator Mike Hambourger said at a faculty senate meeting that during Everts’ tenure, faculty salaries have not kept pace with inflation or salaries of peer institutions; and decisions made about reopening campus during the pandemic didn’t prioritize the wellness, health and safety of the campus community.

According to the report, the resolution is a statement by faculty, but is not legally binding.