11/19/2013 12:27 EST | Updated 01/25/2014 04:01 EST

University of Calgary Renovations:School Criticized For Renos During Period Of Funding Cuts

CALGARY - The University of Calgary is under fire for spending $8 million on renovating executive offices at a time when provincial funding was being cut.

Faculty Association president Paul Rogers says he can't believe that would be a priority project.

He says administration officials decided to go ahead with the upgrades last March because they believed they were necessary to reflect the university’s image.

Permits to start the work were issued by the city after the province cut the school’s annual operating and capital maintenance grants by $38 million.

Rogers says he would like to see some protocols in place to prevent this type of thing from happening.