Philip Boroughs has been so intent on violating college policies that I began to wonder if he is cognitively impaired. He is 64 years old and might have early symptoms of dementia. How could he not know the college’s written policies which state that peaceful protests should not be interfered with? He should be capable enough to read and understand, unless he is cognitively impaired.
I was reluctant to write about this, because I am a “nice person”. But the way I see it now is Fr. Boroughs is either cognitively impaired, which explains his failure to follow policies, or he is intentionally violating policies and retaliating. Why would I be banned from Fr. Brooks’ funeral and everything else on campus simply because I hold a peaceful protest? Why would I be dropped from being a class agent and receiving class letters simply because I hold a peaceful protest?
I wrote to the college lawyer, Vincent O’Rourke, after the Director of Public Safety Robert Hart told me to write to O’Rourke because the college is not following the policy on peaceful protests. O’Rourke never replied. I contacted Fr. Boroughs through William Conley, the head of Administrative Services, but Fr. Boroughs did not reply and there was no change in the college’s handling of the protest.
Which is it: is Fr. Boroughs cognitively impaired or is he intentionally retaliating? Either way, perhaps it is time for Fr. Boroughs to step down, since he is unable or unwilling to follow the college’s written policies and procedures.
One more thing. The Board of Trustees of the college hired Philip Boroughs right from the Board of Trustees two years ago. Boroughs was a board member when he was named president. Many nonprofits prohibit this practice. I would not be surprised if this is somehow related to what I am experiencing with Boroughs permitting violations of college policies or being too cognitively impaired to understand he is violating college policies. There is a lack of independence and separation and questioning each other, when the president of a nonprofit comes from the board of the nonprofit. It’s a conflict of interest. That’s why many nonprofits prohibit what Holy Cross did.