Bernsen accused of sexual harassment
Unlike other posts, this post is NOT G-rated. The Factor will comply with wishes of privacy by withholding any specific information about the accusers unless necessary for objectivity or analysis. --GPO
The Arizona Daily Wildcat reports that two ASUA associates have accused ASUA President Cade Bernsen of sexual harassment over a period of eight months.
Article VI, Section 2 of the ASUA Constitution states that "Violations of the Constitution or Bylaws, nonfeasance and/or malfeasance in office shall constitute grounds for impeachment." Removal from office requires a 3/4 vote in the senate. If the elected official involved is a Senator, she may have to recuse herself in order to allow a fair vote. Here's hoping Bernsen resigns if the allegations are true so we don't have to go through this.
This is not the first time that an ASUA official has received trouble over a sexual issue. In April 2004, the ASU State Press reported that ASA officials had attended a strip club off student money. The ASA Director from the University of Arizona at that time had been Alistair Chapman, who later went on to become Student Body President. The Wildcat never reported it.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Alistair Chapman has personally clarified the strip club incident. In fact, he was trying to prevent future incidents!
Second Update: An anonymous commenter correctly notes that only a simple majority of the "total voting membership" of the Senate is required to impeach Bernsen.