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Alumnae, professors rally to save Sweet Briar College

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AMHERST COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Professors at Sweet Briar College are lashing out against the administration's decision to close the school.

The group released a letter on Wednesday,

 joining thousands of alumni in their efforts to save the college. 

The professors accuse administrators of intimidating faculty by warning that severance packages could be eliminated if they tried fighting the closure.

Report: Alumnae make efforts to keep Sweet Briar College Open

"If someone is bleeding – you do not stand there and watch them die – you call an ambulance. At Sweet Briar, we have a wonderful leadership program called ‘Step Up,' but it seems to me the Board of Directors sat down when it came to saving our school."

The group has also hired a law firm to fight the closure.

According to Saving Sweet Briar's site, $2.75 million has been raised so far. The goal is $20 million.