CSU student government moves forward with impeachment of president

Haley Candelario

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CSU Student body President Josh Silva sits as the new Impeachment Committee members are ratified during the ASCSU Senate meeting on Oct. 4. (Colin Shepherd | Collegian)

The impeachment effort against Josh Silva moved forward with the ratification of the Impeachment Committee Wednesday night amid the University’s own investigation of the Associated Students of Colorado State University president.

The senate body approved Chief Justice Brittany Anderson, Speaker Pro Tempore Yuval Rosenthal, Director of Diversity and Inclusion Tori Tubbs, Deputy Director of Environmental Affairs Haley Dallas and Senator Liam Aubrey as the members of the Impeachment Committee. ASCSU Impeachment Procedures require that the Impeachment Committee consist of ASCSU officials from each branch. 

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Speaker of the Senate Isabel Brown accepted Sen. Cerridwyn Nordstrom’s finalized impeachment petition against Silva at the weekly senate meeting. At this point, allegations cannot be added or removed. The finalized petition removes the allegations of discrimination and harassment and removes allegations that Silva showed up intoxicated to the Sept. 20 senate session. An Office of Equal Opportunity investigation is currently underway by the University regarding the discrimination and harassment claims against Silva. 

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Speaker of the Senate Isabel Brown, front, swears in the newly ratified impeachment committee members on Oct. 4. From left to right, the memebrs of the impeachment committee are Senator Liam Aubrey, Director of Diversity and Inclusion Tori Tubbs, Deputy Director of Environmental Affairs Haley Dallas, Speaker Pro Tempore Yuval Rosenthal and Chief Justice Brittany Anderson. (Colin Shepherd | Collegian)

The finalized charges for impeachment claim that Silva violated ASCSU’s governing documents by failing to inform the senate body of negotiations for the Wall Street Journal and of moving funds from another department’s budget to fund the contract, falsely stating in an Aug. 30 article in the Collegian that the contract was funded, failing to create a job description for himself to follow, and deleting and concealing emails from his public presidential email to obstruct impeachment proceedings.

According to Brown, ASCSU’s governing documents require the Supreme Court to hear complaints if an official is accused of violating the ASCSU Code of Ethics. Anderson confirmed that the complaints the Supreme Court heard lined up with the Code of Ethics violations listed in the impeachment petition.

Silva approached the floor to speak directly to the senate body since the first senate meeting of the academic year after Brown accepted the petition.

Silva said he respects the impeachment process but chose to speak during the meeting to address the situation.

Out of respect for the process, I feel I cannot stay silent any longer,” Silva said. “I’ve sat back for the past five weeks and watched as allegations affecting my reputation and consisting of procedural violations … have been launched. All the while, (I have) had very little opportunity to defend myself, refute these charges or address this body.”

Silva said the actions of the senate body pained him, but he urged them to follow through with the process.

“I respect the process, which is why it pains me to see some of the things that have been going on in this body and see how documents have been manipulated and hearing different stories of different individuals who have approached me,” Silva said. “… As a concerned student, as a member of ASCSU and as citizen who highly respects governing bodies, I urge you, as this process moves forward, to respect your process, hold each other accountable and hold yourselves accountable.”

Collegian News Director Haley Candelario can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @H_Candelario98.