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Hassler descision

April 17, 1997

Hassler decision

from staff reports

Philip Hassler will be allowed to finish his term as University student body treasurer but must resign his fraternity post, according to a ruling Wednesday by Dr. William Hillis, vice president for student life.

Hillis ruled on the appeal of Hassler, an Arlington junior, of Student Court's findings against him Monday. Student Court recommended Hassler be suspended from his office until the end of the semester for violating the Student Constitution. He pleaded 'no contest' to charges of violating Article II, Section II, paragraph V, which states, 'The student body officers shall hold no other office in any other organization on campus during their terms in office.'

Hassler was also found guilty for breaching Article II, Section II, Paragraph VI, A of the Student Constitution, which states, 'The treasurer shall enforce this constitution.'

The charges stemmed from Hassler's serving as student body treasurer and as vice president of Phi Kappa Chi fraternity this spring.

Hassler must also 'refrain from any active participation in his fraternity for the remainder of this semester and for the following semester.'

The constitution requires action by Student Congress and a three-fourths vote to remove Hassler from the treasurer office, Hillis said in his ruling.

'I would, incidentally, encourage the Student Congress to reconsider whether its current restrictions imposed on Student Body officers are entirely appropriate,' Hillis said in his ruling.

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