Scott Young, News Editor
Jacksonville State University’s Board of Trustees has planned an emergency meeting for this Saturday, Sept. 21 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the 8th floor of the Houston Cole Library. Both meetings are open to the public.
According to the Alabama Open Meetings website operated by the Secretary of State’s office, the purpose of the meeting is to hear the annual performance review of JSU President Beehler.
“It’s a routine thing,” said Sam Monk, JSU’s general counsel, in reference to Beehler’s performance review. “It’s done every year.”
Additionally, the trustees plan to “discuss matters involving litigation or that could likely involve litigation in the future” and to “discuss the status of any Title IX Investigation that may be underway at the time.”
Title IX typically involves sexual abuse and sexual harassment cases and according to Berry Law, Title IX requires universities to take immediate action upon receiving notice of sexual assault or sexual harassment.
The timing of the emergency meeting for potential Title IX investigations coincides with multiple statutory rape cases that have come to light. The Calhoun-Cleburne Major Crime Unit is overseeing an investigation into six reports of statutory rape reported both on and off campus.
Beehler assumed the role as president of the university on July 1, 2015, succeeding Bill Meehan, and signed a three-year contract with the university for $300,000 a year.
The annual performance review is required by Beehler’s contract and it will receive an automatic one year extension unless the trustees say otherwise within 30 days.
Photo courtesy of Matt Reynolds/JSU