UPDATE: The bill for impeachment did not pass, so Kressel will remain president of the student body. However, the Student Senate voted no confidence in Kressel. In the event that the Senate gives Kressel a second vote of no confidence later in the academic year, impeachment proceedings will begin again.
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Ross Kressel, embattled president of the Student Government Association at College of Charleston, faces impeachment tonight in the first Student Senate meeting of the school year.
Last week, Student Body Treasurer Luke Rozansky got the ball rolling on removing Kressel from office over a series of offensive messages Kressel allegedly posted on an anonymous Twitter account. Today, two bills will go before the 40-member Senate: one for impeachment, one for a vote of no confidence.
“If people don’t believe that this is enough for impeachment, they might consider it enough for a vote of no confidence,” Rozansky says.
Justin Lyons, a chairperson on the executive board, says the intent of the vote of no confidence is to establish a precedent of disapproval. It is the second-most-severe disciplinary route the Senate can take, with impeachment being harsher and censure being less harsh.
If a two-thirds majority of senators vote for impeachment, Kressel will be suspended from his position while his case goes before the Honor Council, which consists of the students from the disciplinary Honor Board. The Honor Council would then have eight days to decide Kressel's fate.
Rozansky says the impeachment case is an "unfortunate situation in general."
"It's unfortunate that this is how freshmen will be exposed to student government," he says. "But I think it's important to get this issue out of the way sooner rather than later."
The Senate meeting starts at 4:30 p.m. in the ballroom of the Stern Center (71 George St.). Charleston City Paper will cover the meeting live on this page, so stay tuned.