Attempted Ouster of KU Student Senate Leaders Faces Lengthy Process

Sara Shepherd, Lawrence Journal-World, November 20, 2015

An impeachment committee is forming to investigate grounds for removing Kansas University’s top three Student Senate leaders.

It’s the next step in an increasingly lengthy and complicated attempt by some fellow senators to oust from office Student Body President Jessie Pringle, Student Body Vice President Zach George and Senate Chief of Staff Adam Moon, who some fellow senators and students accused of failing to do enough to support black and other marginalized students on campus.

Following a heated university-wide town hall forum on race, the Senate’s Student Executive Committee approved a motion Friday demanding the three officers resign their positions by Wednesday–which they declined to do.

Senate rules require 25 percent of voting senators to sign a bill of impeachment in order for the process to proceed, and 27 of a total of 90 voting senators did so during Wednesday night’s full Senate meeting, according to Isaac Bahney, Senate Communications Director.

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Once formed, the committee has five days to prepare a report and recommendation for how to proceed, Bahney said–noting that the minority opinion on the committee may also prepare their own report and recommendation. The report and recommendation for discipline will be presented at the next regularly scheduled Senate meeting, or during a specially called meeting.

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