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Group of Louisiana College alumni and college students attend protest

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PINEVILLE, La. (KLAX) -

Flyers posted around the campus of Louisiana College last Thursday called for a student strike Monday.

The move comes after months of controversy and legal disputes surrounding the leadership of college President, Joe Aguillard.

Whistleblower complaints were filed against Aguillard last year by Charles L. Quarles and Timothy Johnson, then both vice presidents at the school. The complaints accused Aguillard of inappropriately diverting nearly $60,000 donated by the Cason Foundation to the college's Caskey School of Divinity.

Johnson has followed his complaint with a lawsuit.

On Monday, the "strike" was billed as a prayer for progress. The anonymous flyers that circulated the campus last week, called for the resignation of Aguillard. But, the administration reportedly responded by warning students who participated in a planned strike that they would be expelled and faculty and staff would be fired.

Alums who joined the students talked about what needs to happen. The group gathered early at Guinn Auditorium, but some alumni say they were denied access.

Students had planned a second day of protests for Tuesday but it now appears that will not happen. The College Board of Trustees meets in April.

The Chairman of the Board of Trustees has said Aguillard has the board's full support.

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