An impeachment committee should be formed today to prepare a report and make a recommendation for possible discipline of Kansas University Student Senate’s top three leaders.
According to an email to the Senate from senior senator Lauren Arney, a meeting was planned for this morning to form the committee, made up of some Senate standing committee chairs and several other senators chosen by lottery. Under Senate rules, the committee has five school days — so until roughly mid-next week — to prepare its recommendation, which must then be presented to the full Senate at a regular or special meeting.
Following a heated universitywide town hall forum on race Nov. 11, the Senate’s Student Executive Committee approved a motion demanding the resignation of Student Body President Jessie Pringle, Student Body Vice President Zach George and Senate Chief of Staff Adam Moon, whom some fellow senators and students accused of failing to do enough to support black and other marginalized students on campus. The three declined to resign, and the Student Senate took up impeachment procedures last week.
Pringle, George and Moon, in the meantime, have been working on a plan to improve the campus climate for marginalized students. They released a list of 11 commitments on Nov. 16, followed by a more detailed seven-page proposal for how to get them done shared on Friday.
• Gun survey wraps up Wednesday: In other Student Senate news, the online survey seeking students’ opinions about concealed carry on campus is still open — but not for long. The last day to take it is Wednesday. Students at KU and other state schools should have received links to the survey in their emails earlier this month.
KU student-government leaders planning to lobby state legislators on concealed carry on campus, higher-education funding
We're just a few days away from a new Kansas legislative session, and KU's student government is getting ready to join in the fun.
Student Body President Hannah Bolton is rounding up students to come along on Higher Education Day, Feb. 11, when student governments from all the Kansas Board of Regents institutions will head to Topeka to lobby on the sorts of issues that might matter to college students.
Bolton said the KU representatives would focus on three issues in particular:
• Concealed carry on college campuses. The KU students will lobby against this, as they did last year at the same event. Bolton said the student-government groups at the other Regents universities would each be writing resolutions opposing on-campus concealed carry, as well.
• Potential higher-education funding cuts. Gov. Sam Brownback won't unveil his recommended state budget until the session starts, but the state Division of Budget last month recommended cuts of approximately 8 percent to higher-education funding, according to the Board of Regents. Bolton said that number is worrisome to students, so they'll hammer this one hard.
• And, finally, issues related to international students. Bolton said some of these issues (such as working restrictions) will apply more to the federal level, but one issue the KU students might consider will be in-state tuition for illegal-immigrant students who've lived in the state for at least three years. She said she wasn't sure how other student governments might feel about that issue, though.
KU student-government folks will also head to Washington, D.C., to lobby along with contingents from other Big 12 schools in March.