Students, alumni and faculty of Southern Polytechnic State University are uniting to stop a “hostile takeover” of the SPSU campus by the University System of Georgia.
On Friday, the University System of Georgia announced it will ask the Board of Regents later this month to sign off on a plan to merge the Marietta-based SPSU with Kennesaw State University, ten miles northwest. The consolidation would need final approval in January 2015.
By Saturday morning, 550 supporters had signed two different petitions on change.org, an online forum that allows people to campaign on a wide range of issues.
“SPSU and KSU merger: Stop the merger” and “Stop Kennesaw State from merging with Southern Polytechnic State” even had parents of enrolled SPSU students and high school seniors who planned to apply to the school voicing their complete opposition to the merger.