UMass Boston Faculty, Students to Protest Trustees Meeting Amid Mount Ida Deal

Students, faculty, and alumni at the University of Massachusetts Boston are scheduled to protest Wednesday morning in the wake of the recent UMass Amherst-Mount Ida College deal.

The protest is scheduled to take place before the University's board of trustees meeting at 9:30 a.m.

It's the latest in a series of protests from members of the University who say that they are tired of financial cuts to their school.

Under the $75 million Mount Ida deal, UMass-Amherst will take over the 74-acre Mount Ida campus in Newton for "career preparation programs," in science and technology fields that are in demand in the greater Boston area.

The sale was approved by the state attorney general, but her office is still reviewing whether or not Mount Ida trustees violated their fiduciary duties.

Mt. Ida students in good standing will get automatic admission to UMass Dartmouth.

Earlier this month, a group representing the faculty of the UMass Boston issued a declaration of no confidence in UMass President Martin Meehan and the university system's board of trustees over the decision to purchase the Mount Ida assets.

The group said it's superfluous to use the campus to build a branch of UMass-Amherst near Boston instead of using the UMass-Boston campus.

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