University of Puerto Rico campus Interim Dean Resigns
SAN JUAN – The interim dean of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), Río Piedras, Carmen H. Rivera Vega, announced her resignation during a meeting with the campus’ Academic Senate.
Her resignation was effective immediately and the rest of the meeting was led by Pedro Rodríguez Esqueredo, member of the Office of the dean for Graduate Studies and Research (DEGI by its Spanish acronym)
The decision comes a few days before Rivera Vega and other senior officials of the academic institution are exposed to penalties for civil contempt for breaching a court order that established the opening of the gates of the Río Piedras campus.
Rivera Vega and UPR President Nivia Fernández were part of the defendants for a group of students who demanded that the university administration open the campus gates.
The Court of Appeals had ordered the Río Piedras campus to resume its academic activities by May 11. However, so far the administration has not succeeded in reopening it, prompting Judge Lauracelis Roques on Tuesday, May 16, to hold them in contempt and impose an initial fine of $5,000, as well as an additional $1,000 for every day the institution remains closed.
During the May 16 hearing, the UPR representative said a reconsideration of the Court of Appeals’ decision had not been requested, but they didn’t rule out that possibility. In addition, Yvonne Huertas Carbonell, executive director of the presidency, testified at the hearing that Fernández requested police intervention, but that the petition was denied by Superintendent Michelle Hernández de Fraley.