Student poll said to show support for university president

A Catholic college in Maryland is awaiting a response from the school president to a faculty demand for his resignation.

Mount St. Mary’s University faculty voted overwhelmingly last week to ask Simon Newman to resign by 9 a.m. Monday. The request followed an uproar over Newman’s plan to boost the student-retention rate at the college in Emmitsburg by identifying freshman likely to fail and offering tuition refunds for those leaving early in the semester.

On Sunday, the student government released results of a student poll indicating 3-to-1 support for Newman staying on.

The Student Government Association says 61 percent of the nearly 1,600 students surveyed cast votes. The group says 719 votes, or 76 percent, were in favor of Newman’s leadership.

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