CLEMSON, S.C. (WSPA) – Clemson student leaders deliberated through the night and into the morning before deciding not to impeach or remove the university’s student vice president.
The hearing comes after documents were leaked to online news sources claiming Jaren Stewart abused his power as a resident assistant, but some students question the timing.
In September, Stewart sat through the pledge of allegiance at a student government meeting.
The student senator who called for the trial said the protest was not the reason for the trial.
Students met in executive session at 8 p.m. Monday.
The hearing continued through the night before votes were cast around 5:40 a.m. Tuesday.
Crew at the scene tell us that 42 students voted to impeach Stewart – two votes less than the 44 needed to remove him. Sixteen students voted not to remove Stewart, while six chose to abstain from the vote.
The Clemson Undergraduate Student Government said in a statement that results could be appealed within five days to CUSG’s Judicial Supreme Government. There was no immediate word on if an appeal would be filed.
Student body leaders said in the statement:
As we look towards the remaining year, we turn to the Clemson University student body hoping for support and understanding that this process was done correctly, without bias, and in accordance with the CUSG’s bylaws. We ask the entire student body to respect the decision of the Undergraduate Student Senate and help us in moving forward from this situation.