Students fail to impeach student body president who voted to confirm Ben Sasse
University of Florida students attempted to impeach Student Body President Lauren Lemasters for voting to confirm University President Ben Sasse.
The resolution was killed by the Judicial Committee, who argued Lemasters was within her right to vote.
A resolution to impeach University of Florida (UF) Student Body president Lauren Lemasters over her vote to approve Ben Sasse failed, The Alligator reported.
The resolution was submitted by the Student Senate Change Caucus and accused Lemasters of malfeasance for voting in favor of Sasse’s confirmation, despite multiple student-led protests opposing his appointment.
The Judiciary Committee argued on Nov. 13 that Lemasters, who sits on the Board of Trustees, has the right to vote according to her preference.
“First Amendment rights are alive and well within our campus,” Lemasters said during a Nov. 8 Senate meeting, according to The Alligator. “There's a difference between making your voice heard and taking action against or taking away the voices that are different from yours.”
Badell wrote that he couldn’t “stand idly by and not speak out when someone [Sasse] who is a threat to the LBGTQ+ community is about to occupy the highest post on campus.”
While Badell wrote that Lemasters is a “dear friend,” he stated he “condemn[s] her for making a decision that so blindly went against student demands.”
Kantamneni expressed she was “shocked” and “disappointed” in Lemasters’s decision and that Lemasters “failed to reflect” on the student body’s disapproval of Sasse.
Campus Reform reported on the protests that erupted on UF’s campus ahead of Sasse’s appointment.
Campus Reform has reached out to all relevant parties for comment.