Internal committee recommends impeachment for ISC president, freezes organization

From staff reports

The ASWSU Internal Committee recommended impeachment for International Student Council (ISC) President Kevin Lindquist at the Senate meeting yesterday and froze the organization’s charter at their committee meeting Feb. 17.

The freeze means that ISC members are not able to operate officially as an organization since ASWSU no longer officially recognizes them.

All privileges associated with being an official ASWSU group have also been taken away, including the ISC’s OrgSync page, which has been disabled. The ISC also won’t be able to request money from the Senate, fundraise or hold official meetings, ASWSU executive officials said.

However, members of the ISC can unofficially meet to discuss how to get their organization out of the freeze, executive officials said.

During the public testimony portion of yesterday’s Senate meeting, Lindquist asked the senators to consider the well-being of his organization in their decision and to unfreeze the ISC.

The Internal Committee began investigating Lindquist’s alleged misuse of the J-Clause within the ISC constitution after the Senate’s Feb. 1 meeting. 

Sen. Matthew Morrow read the Internal Committee’s statement and indicated that they did believe there was reason to bring impeachment proceedings against Lindquist. Two-thirds of the senators must vote in favor of impeachment in order for the proceedings to begin.

After the vote passes, a hearing must be scheduled within 20 school days, according to the bylaws. At the hearing there will be two prosecutors and the Judicial Board chief justice will preside.

Lindquist also spoke against the committee’s recommendation of his impeachment during the Senate meeting’s public testimony and said he had not been given the fair and due process he feels he deserves.

Lindquist was invited to the committee meeting on Feb. 17 where the decision to recommend impeachment was discussed. Lindquist said that when he offered documents in support of himself he was told that they were not needed.

In coming to their decision to impeach, the committee has only recognized documents that would support Lindquist’s impeachment, he said. He believes he has ample evidence that has not been seen by the Senate that would have influenced the Judicial Board’s initial recommendation for his impeachment last semester.

Lindquist was first voted into office by the Senate at their Aug. 31, 2016 meeting.

Reporting by Carmen Jaramillo and Sarah Olsen