Amid Bethune-Cookman University’s "accreditation crisis," conditions have deteriorated to such a level that its National Alumni Association has called for government intervention — and for students to sue the historically black university in hopes of saving it.

At a Saturday protest that drew about 30 people in Daytona Beach, association spokesman Jose Perez said that the group would fully support any students wanting to sue trustees individually or as a group for what the association deemed was board negligence in a secretive student housing project that has saddled the university with crippling debt and now is under investigation by the FBI and other entities.

“We’re fighting to make sure students will have a home to come home to,” Perez said.

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Perez also demanded the resignation of all trustees involved the dorm deal, an end to the trustee-controlled search for a new president, and a copy of a forensic audit of the deal that many feel will answer questions that the board has not.

“Silence gives consent,” Perez said.

B-CU board chair Michelle Carter-Scott did not immediately respond.

The protest followed a Friday press conference where trustee and retired circuit judge Belvin Perry called to end the board’s “cloak of darkness” and alleged two trustees had acted illegally in their efforts to add new board members.

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While the association's demands echo its previous calls to oust the board, this is the first time it has called for  students to file a suit against the board of trustees. It’s also the first time the group has called for government intervention at so many levels.

“We have reached out to the independent commission of Florida’s Department of Education to assist with identifying and vetting high integrity individuals with experience in higher education and board governance to temporarily staff a reduced board of trustees,” an association press release says.

“We call for the United States Department of Education to add a new accreditation standard that will allow institutions to remove entire trustee boards in cases of malfeasance and fraudulent actions committed by a critical mass of sitting trustees. Without such a provision, colleges and universities will continue to suffer at the hands of 'runaway' trustee boards.”

The unrest comes at a time when B-CU is searching for a new president and trying to maintain its accreditation — a key keeping the school's doors open. While the dorm deal already is under investigation by the FBI, the association pressed for further investigation — into the finances of trustees themselves. Again, they cited the dorm deal, noting a $25 million difference between what board minutes show the dorm was supposed to cost to build and the final construction price tag.

The press release calls for the U.S. Treasury Department and IRS to conduct criminal investigations into the net worth of trustees who voted for the dorm contract.

While the event was billed as mass rally, the crowd amounted to about 30 people. However, the low turnout didn’t dampen alumni enthusiasm.

“It’s the voice of the few” that makes a difference in lives of the many, B-CU class of 91 alumnus Kelvin Mayner said.