On Oct. 9, Kennith Echeverria, the speaker pro tempore in the Undergraduate Senate, filed a complaint against Student Body President Elizabeth Adkins and the Undergraduate Executive Branch saying he was discriminated against when his acceptance to the Academic Affairs Committee was rescinded.
“In the email that they sent me, they indicated that it would not be feasible for me to serve on two different branches of the same undergraduate student government because there would be a large conflict of interest,” Echeverria said.
He said he was unsure what that conflict of interest would be. Echeverria said he scheduled a meeting with the Undergraduate Executive Branch chief of staff after he received the email to get a clear answer, but was unable to get a coherent response.
“I’ve served on the Academic Affairs Committee for three years, and this would have been my fourth year,” Echeverria said. “I served on the Academic Affairs Committee and also on the legislative branch last year, so there is practice being able to serve in both branches.”
Jacob Blount, the secretary and spokesperson for the Undergraduate Executive Branch, said the decision in which a member of student government is not allowed to hold two offices simultaneously is mandated by the Student Code of Governance.
Section 105 outlines the Dual Office Prohibition of the student code. It states, "No person shall hold more than one Student Government position concurrently, unless that position is specifically exempt from this Section or the Constitution of the Student Body."
“The reason his offer was rescinded was because the student code mandates that he would be violating the Dual Office Prohibition section of the student code,” Blount said.
Echeverria said he thinks the Executive Branch is attempting to set the precedent that someone in the Legislative Branch cannot serve on the Executive Branch, which is not the case.
He said he hopes the Supreme Court voids and reverses the decision. He also said ensuring that other senators can also serve on the executive branch is a key part of this case.