At issue are cuts to academic funding, increased class sizes, and the school's looming deficit. Michael Fitzgerald – chair of the Faculty Senate at Sacramento State – says whatever the outcome, the vote is symbolic and not binding.
"What the faculty are trying to say with this vote is what they think about the direction that they believe the campus is going. If it’s “no confidence” it sends a message to the president that the faculty take issue with the direction the campus is taking. But it could be a “vote of confidence” also."
In a letter to faculty and staff, Gonzalez called the “no-confidence” referendum reminiscent of a witch hunt. And Gonzalez said he has no intention of abandoning his position. Voting will continue through Friday, April 27th.