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78 University of Louisville faculty sign letter to Ramsey citing "crisis of accountability"

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- 78 University of Louisville faculty members signed a letter delivered to President James Ramsey Thursday complaining about the recent "drumbeat of crises that have embarrassed the university and made many ashamed to be associated with it."

The letter, a copy of which was obtained by WDRB News, was prompted by the controversy over a photo of Ramsey and his President's Office staff wearing sombreros, fake mustaches and other stereotypical Mexican garb during a recent Halloween party.

The university is also investigating allegations that a former basketball assistant paid prostitutes to have sex with players and recruits. Before that scandal erupted in early October, Ramsey spent much of the year deflecting criticism about millions of dollars in compensation for him and some top aides from U of L's charitable foundation, of which Ramsey is also president and a board member. 

The letter does not call on Ramsey to resign, but warns that support for him is waning. READ THE LETTER HERE.

"The University faces a crisis of accountability and a consequent lack of confidence in its leadership," the letter says. "We cannot overstate how essential it is that you address this crisis in a real and verifiable way, through transparency and accountability."

Ramsey's Chief of Staff Kathleen Smith issued an apology for the Mexican garb incident last week, followed by a short apology from Ramsey a day later.

Asked about the letter, U of L spokesman John Karman said he had nothing to add on Thursday.

Ramsey declined to speak with reporters following a meeting of the Board of Trustees Thursday behind closed doors to discuss "litigation matters."

The faculty letter was not part of the meeting. Trustees Chairman Larry Benz declined to say what litigation was discussed. 

The letter was promulgated by philosophy professor Avery Kolers. Among those who signed it are Tracy E. K'Meyer, chair of the history department; Ricky Jones, chair of the Pan-African studies department; Sam Marcosson, professor of law; and Nancy Theriot, chair of women's and gender studies.

U of L has nearly 2,400 faculty, including part-time instructors, according to its website.

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