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BRISTOL, TN (WJHL) -

King University has gone through some major changes in the past year or so and quite a few people aren't happy about it.

From online petitions to public forums to the student government president, there is a big push for change on campus - starting at the top.

Alexander Pogoloff, a junior at King University, describes the feelings on campus as "…toxic, to be frank. You feel it in the atmosphere on campus. It's just a gloomy place to be for professors and for students."

Andre Latimore , the president of the Student Government Association, agrees.

He says many of the students he represents are frustrated by recent staffing changes as well as communication issues with those running the university. He added students concerns aren't being heard. "A lot of students would like to see a change in leadership," Latimore said.

Dean of Students Matt Peltier says the changes he sees are for the better.

"There are things about King that are different now, some positive things in terms of the number of people we're able to reach with our educational mission and that we're able to serve," Peltier said.

Latimore organized a forum back in December. The faculty did attend the forum and answered questions online.

"If you really have legitimate answers to what I'm saying then why won't you answer them in a public forum to the students who are concerned," said Latimore.

With all these changes and concerns, not one of the students News Channel 11 spoke with said they would leave the university.

"I will not leave, because I love King - but I don't love the way it's run," said Pogoloff.

The Student Government Association will host another forum this Friday at 10:00 a.m. at the Memorial Chapel on the Bristol Campus. School officials told News Channel 11 they will not be attending.

Students do not have to wait until the forum to chime in. They’ve started a Facebook page called We Are Not Asleep. The page encourages debate and discussion in the community about concerns for the future direction of the school.

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