Texas State University administration, under the leadership of University President Denise Trauth, recently gave in to a small number of aggressive protesters at the university. The protesters were calling for the impeachment of Student Body President Connor Clegg in response to posts he had made on social media several years before, which Trauth called “offensive and racist.”
A number of impeachment measures against Clegg had already failed several times over, with the last attempt failing because members of the student government refused to continue taking part in the witch hunt. However, a few determined students decided to illegally take over a building until their demands were met – and they were successful.
Students first attempted to impeach Clegg several months ago after he threatened to attempt to defund the school newspaper, after they ran a racist article that received nation wide backlash.
Just two days before Clegg’s term was set to expire, Trauth agreed to a last-minute impeachment. The impeachment trial was put together in a matter of hours, in place of the annual Student Government Banquet that had long been in the plans.
Trauth not only gave in to the students’ demands for Clegg’s impeachment, but proceeded to administer a campus climate survey that, according to the school’s website works to, “better understand how students feel and are treated on campus in order to actively work towards creating a full accepting, diverse, and safe campus conducive of academic success.” She also committed Texas State to creating two new majors: Latino Studies and African American Studies. Given Trauth’s aggressive response, concerns have been raised that Trauth had a personal agenda to fulfill.
Throughout the entirety of the ordeal, the educrats at Texas State University, up to the Board of Regents and Trauth, have shown their leadership to be questionable at best, given that a few students can run them over, or take over an entire building on their own accord.
During a time when First Amendment rights are being threatened on campuses around the country, Texans should have serious concerns about the atmosphere being created at the very campuses their tax dollars fund.