In a meeting on Sunday, the Carolina International Relations Association Executive Board impeached senior Denton Ong as editor-in-chief of The Internationalist, a research journal that partners with the organization. Ong voluntarily resigned as vice president of CIRA immediately prior to the vote to impeach.
The Executive Board called for a general body meeting on Tuesday night. One purpose for the meeting was for the Board to give an official statement on Ong’s resignation and impeachment from his executive positions, as well as his expulsion from the general body of CIRA.
“On Sunday afternoon, the CIRA Executive Board was made aware of credible allegations of misconduct against Denton Ong,” said Sofie Senecal, chief financial officer of CIRA. “The allegations of misconduct were brought forward by Hannah Olmstead, Taylor Gosk and Patrick Costley. These allegations included attempted division of Hannah and Taylor, consistent derogatory comments, yelling at CIRA members during (Model United Nations at Chapel Hill) preparation meetings and persistent childish behavior poking a CIRA member repeatedly with the corner of a folder after she explicitly asked him to stop. These actions made Hannah and Taylor uncomfortable enough that they decided it was necessary to bring them up to the Board. After hearing a prior allegation from a CIRA member, Hannah, Taylor and Patrick decided to motion for impeachment.”
In the Formal Notice of Action attached to an email sent to CIRA's listserv on Sunday, Olmstead, Gosk and Costley, all members of CIRA's Executive Board, stated that they "believe these actions constitute dereliction of duty to provide a safe and open environment for all club members, failure to adhere to UNC standards of conduct, and violation of Title IX of the federal code." The notice stated three reasons that the signees wanted to move forward with a motion for impeachment:
- "Denton’s sexual and workplace harassment of a CIRA member beginning in the summer of 2018 and continuing into UNCMUNC X;"
- "A complaint being made by said CIRA member to a member of the Board and no appropriate inclusion of the Board to discuss appropriate repercussions;"
- "Gendered aggression and unprofessional treatment of subordinates during MUNCH XIX."