Texas State University student president impeached

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The student president of Texas State University in San Marcos was impeached Monday night following controversies involving race that embroiled the campus.

A university spokesperson said the student government voted to impeach Connor Clegg during its final meeting of the year, following an unsuccessful attempt to impeach Clegg on April 11.

Those proceedings did not advance because there wasn’t a quorum of student government members, leading to protests and a sit-in on campus.

The university says Clegg has the option of appealing the decision to the dean of students, then the vice president of student affairs and finally University President Denise Trauth.

He has three business days to file each subsequent appeal, Texas State says.

Dean of Students Margarita Arellano is convening a task force made up of groups within the student body and the faculty to start a “systematic review” of student government, including recommendations for changes to its governing documents, expected to be announced by spring 2019.

Clegg made national news in February when several old Instagram posts of his were uncovered, showing him taking selfies with Asian people along with captions that were described as both offensive and racist by the university president.

In November, Clegg was interviewed by KXAN in response to an editorial in the student newspaper written by another student that was widely condemned as racist. 

Clegg was accused of using student government social media and email accounts to condemn the editorial, giving the false impression it was the opinion of the entire student government.

His response to the editorial would ultimately form the bulk of the charges against him in Monday’s impeachment. 

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