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Student Senate requests impeachment of president

Jake Flittner (left) resumed his duties tonight after his impeachment hearing failed to remove him from office. (credit: Alex Webster/Photo Staff) Jake Flittner (left) resumed his duties tonight after his impeachment hearing failed to remove him from office. (credit: Alex Webster/Photo Staff)

The Undergraduate Student Senate unanimously voted to hold impeachment proceedings against Student Body President Jake Flittner at its meeting Thursday night. The motion for impeachment was made by Senator Jonathan Mark, a junior drama major.

Senate Chair Will Weiner, a junior social and decision sciences and statistics double-major, said the motion was "on the grounds of [Flittner] not fulfilling his constitutional duties."

Mark explained further that Flittner's job as student body president was "unsatisfactory" and that "the feeling wasn't exactly new." Mark also said that Flittner was not present at Thursday's meeting to hear of the request for impeachment. As president, Flittner is required to attend every Senate meeting or send a representative.

Senator Amy Quispe, a junior computer science major, said, "The thing is, Jake wasn't impeached for doing something scandalous or horrible. He was impeached for doing nothing."

According to the Student Body Constitution, a request for impeachment requires a 3/4 supermajority vote at a Student Senate or a Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) meeting, or a petition signed by 500 students. The unanimous Senate vote means that, unless Flittner resigns, impeachment hearings will be held at a joint meeting of Senate and GSA. The meeting will take place within three weeks, and a 3/4 supermajority vote from both Student Senate members and Graduate Student Assembly members will result in removal from office.

During the impeachment proceedings, Weiner and GSA President Jason Imbrogno, a doctoral student in economics, can appoint a member of the student body to fulfill the president's duties. In the event that Flittner leaves office through impeachment or resignation, Student Body Vice President Sangita Sharma, a junior materials science and biomedical engineering double major, can serve as student body president.

Flittner and Sharma have not yet replied to requests for comment.