William Peace University president under fire from students, faculty

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Debra Townsley, the president of William Peace University, is facing intense criticism from students and faculty, who describe a deteriorating academic environment and a fear of retaliation on the downtown Raleigh campus.

Five students who recently circulated a student petition were informed by the university this week that they face disciplinary proceedings for disorderly conduct and violations of Peace’s visitation and solicitation policies. The students say the charges are retribution for their petition, which amassed more than 300 signatures calling for Townsley’s immediate resignation.

The disciplinary hearings were originally scheduled for Thursday afternoon, during a period when a student protest is planned outside the university’s entrance.

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