Confusion over jurisdiction has led to changes in the impeachment of the Associated Students of Colorado State University Senator Kwon Yearby.
“I feel like this newest development of them changing the previous reasons I was being impeached to a different reason is not fair,” Yearby said in response to the changes.
The impeachment originally accused Yearby of violating the Colorado State University student code of conduct.
“The Conflict Resolution office has sole jurisdiction in cases dealing with the student code of conduct,” said Rioux Jordan, the ASCSU deputy chief justice and the head of the impeachment committee. “In order to investigate this internally we have decided to move the charges to Amendment 3 of the ASCSU Bill of Rights.”
Amendment 3 of the ASCSU Bill of Rights states: “Every Colorado State University student has the right to be recognized as a community, state, and national and an international citizen; the right to be treated with respect and professionalism by all administrators, faculty, staff and fellow students; the right to freedom from discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veterans status, political beliefs, handicap, creed, genetic information, or sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.”
No further accusations against Yearby have been disclosed by the impeachment committee. According to the ASCSU Impeachment procedures, the committee is required to tell Yearby about the specific accusations against him.
“I can’t even develop a defense if I don’t even know if I did anything wrong,” Yearby said.
Yearby has pledged to appeal the decision if it goes against him, mentioning that he has more than enough grounds to do so.
Collegian ASCSU Beat Reporter Jonathan Matheny can be reached online at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @jonathanmathen2