A vote of no confidence is non-binding, but professor Pamela Mulder said it has symbolic power.
"It's a step we are taking because we need to make some very strong statements at this point," she said. "We don't mind having leadership, but we need leadership we can trust and trusts us."
Students have been drawn into the controversy over concerns about the status of the fees they're paying the school. Journalism students don't want their department fees to pay for a chemistry student's beakers, and vice versa.
"We know there's some serious considerations to make as far as the budget going forward," said Chris Hoge, the junior who organized Thursday's protest at the board meeting. "But I don't think it should be the decision of one man or one office."
Marshall Chief of Staff Matt Turner said that's not the way the funding works: The funds have been swept into a central holding account, but they're still earmarked for use by the departments they came from.
"This process just allows us to do better planning," he said. The idea is that better planning results in saved money.
"It could enable us to live a little bit closer to the margins going forward."
Some faculty members aren't buying it.
Brozik said as they left Thursday's board meeting, even after Kopp apologized, "everybody was shaking their heads."
"I'm a professor of finance," he said. "And the one thing I've learned is if you want to surprise people, all you have to do is take their money from them."
The administration says the funds are still available to the departments.
Now, when a faculty member needs money from the affected accounts, department heads have to submit a one-page form to the central office. They released a copy of that form this week: it requires a justification and several signatures, but Turner said the administration has promised faculty a "quick turnaround."