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WVU student president may face impeachment

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The West Virginia University Student Government Association Judicial Board has recommended the SGA Board of Governors consider the matter of impeaching Student Body President Chris Nyden.

On June 28, 2014, Nyden was cited by the Morgantown Police for disorderly conduct that allegedly occurred at approximately 1:54 a.m. on Willey Street in downtown Morgantown.

Last Thursday, the Judicial Board met to discuss the issue during a Judicial Board hearing.

The SGA Constitution outlines that any elected or appointed official is subject for impeachment for violating the SGA Ethics Code.

The BOG has the power to impeach this official with a 2/3 affirmative vote.

The Judicial Board submitted its decision to the BOG where it outlined the background of the case and ordered for the BOG to explore the possibility of impeachment.

Additionally, the Judicial Board has handed Nyden a fine of $400 to be donated anonymously to a local charity. This fine is due Nov. 1, 2014.
On Tuesday, Nyden submitted a memorandum to WVU Interim Vice President Mike Ellington. The memorandum serves as a notice of appeal to the $400 fine and a recommendation that the SGA Board of Governors discusses the matter.

Nyden emphasized that he has not been found guilty of any crime and that he plead “no contest” to the alleged offense.

Although Nyden has not been found guilty of committing any crimes, the Judicial Board still believes they have sufficient grounds to use the incident…

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