The judicial branch of the University of Wisconsin student government ruled Tuesday night to remove the vice chair from office for violating student council policy.
Associated Students of Madison Student Judiciary Chief Justice Kate Fifield said Vice Chair Beth Huang’s dismissal stems from the community service she was required to do after admitting to violating election rules last spring.
Huang campaigned in university housing, which is not allowed under ASM bylaws.
Huang was required to do 20 hours of community service and provide proof by Sept. 15, Fifield said.
While she turned in paperwork saying the hours had been completed on Sept. 15, SJ Justice Miriam Liabo ruled Huang turned the paperwork in too late in the day to let SJ have a enough time to verify and had missed the deadline.
The only deadline Huang was given was for the Sept. 15, and an exact time was not included, she said.
Fifield stressed she did not have an opinion on the proceedings.
Huang said she plans to contest the Student Judiciary’s decision.
She said she complied with all the conditions of the ruling and plans on using time-stamped emails from ASM leaders Tia Nowak and Sade Johnson, who verified Huang’s community service hours and led the community service efforts Huang counted toward her hours.
Fifield said Nominations Board Chair Niko Magallon was also removed from his seat as part of the decision. Magallon canvassed with Huang during the spring elections.
She said both Magallon and Huang requested a stay on their positions so they can have time to appeal the decision.
Fifield authorized both of them to continue on with their work at ASM while SJ makes a decision on how to proceed. The justices will be meeting Thursday to discuss the matter.
“This should give us time to prepare for a transition,” she said.
Justice Liabo did not return a message from The Badger Herald.