Year society VP avoids impeachment

First-year representative emerges unscathed from closed session at last night’s Assembly

Isabelle Duchaine questions Renwick last night.
Isabelle Duchaine questions Renwick last night.

ASUS Assembly discussed Thursday night whether to impeach one of their members, on the basis that he had been absent for more than three Assemblies.

Speaker Trevor Davis introduced the topic, stating that member Kole Renwick, ArtSci ’17, would be facing possible impeachment due to his failure to attend assembly.

The Journal was told after the meeting went into closed session that the member, Kole Renwick, was not impeached following a vote.

At the meeting, Davis specified that after two absences a member would be given a written warning. Three or more would lead to the member’s expulsion from ASUS.

Renwick, vice-president of the 2017 year society, must represent the society at ASUS Assembly.

During his opportunity to speak, Renwick gave several explanations for different absences throughout the year.

“On the Assembly on October 31st, I was unaware when the Assembly took place,” he said. “I had not been informed by my peers about when it was taking place, and what it was.”

He said he missed a meeting on Nov. 28, as he became distracted while studying; he later admitted that he had been drinking scotch. He missed a meeting on Jan. 7, admitting he had no reasonable excuse for his actions. He subsequently missed another meeting on Feb. 6, after contracting food poisoning, he said.

Renwick claims ASUS didn’t follow procedure by failing to give him a written warning after two absences.

“I received no written warning. I only received warning that I would be summoned here last night at 9:06 pm. For the record, I had no prior knowledge of this up until last night,” he said.

Renwick was put to question by Isabelle Duchaine, student senate caucus chair, about the nature of his absences.

She asked Renwick if he did research on the terms of his position.

Renwick responded that he was informed that he would be representing the 2017 year society on ASUS assembly.

“Aside from that I had no idea about what my participation at Assembly would entail,” Renwick said.

Renwick added that he checked the ASUS website and he could not find the information.

Shortly after this, ASUS member John Stanley commented that the process was becoming “adversarial” and a different method should be introduced to move forward with the discussion.

“I’m worried this is going to turn into an adversarial environment. Is there an alternative method of procedure?” he said.

Davis said the only alternative would be a closed session. Stanley put forward the motion to move into closed assembly, and Assembly members approved it.

Davis also mentioned that other assembly members such as Colin Zarzour, Scott Clark and Jessalynn Tsang may face the threat of impeachment as well if they miss another meeting.


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