Lawsuit accuses UNM Regents' meeting of violating law | KOB 4

Lawsuit accuses UNM Regents' meeting of violating law

Patrick Hayes
August 11, 2018 09:32 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A lawsuit filed by a local attorney on seeks for a judge to throw out UNM Regents' decision to cut four sports teams, including men’s soccer, and alter the rosters of others. 


According to court documents, UNM Regents violated the state’s Open Meetings Act when they failed to provide the public enough notice or information before voting to cut the teams.

Earlier this week, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas shared that sentiment and told UNM Regents they would have to redo the vote. 

“We are in receipt of the Attorney General’s determination regarding the open meetings act complaint," a university spokesperson told KOB in response. "The University of New Mexico is committed to transparency and accountability. We are reviewing the letter to determine a responsive course of action."

“The attorney general came down really hard on UNM,” said Greg Williams, a parent of the one of the soccer players that stands to be affected. “I have a son that plays on the soccer team, but this goes way beyond that."

Williams said he supports the lawsuit, which was filed in district court by Mia Touchet of the Touchet Law Firm.

“The right step for UNM right now is to postpone any decision on these sports until the legislature has had a chance to weigh in, until the communities have had a chance to do some fundraising," Williams said. "There’s a lot of steps that we can take. Cutting sports is really a last resort and I don’t think we’re there yet.”

The regents have posted an agenda for their upcoming meeting. However, there are no issues related to sports scheduled to be discussed, other than discussion of a UNM Athletics financial oversight report from the recently-ended last fiscal year.


Patrick Hayes

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