SGA’s Judicial Council will not contest Bailey’s reinstatement of Boka

Sarah Stukenborg

The Student Government Association’s Judicial Council decided they would not challenge the verdict that overruled their decision to disqualify President-Elect Keyana Boka in an emergency meeting held on Monday.

The council originally disqualified Boka because they found her guilty of violating an SGA election code that forbids election candidates from using email to self-promote.

Howard Bailey, WKU’s vice president for Student Affairs, reinstated Boka, SGA’s current executive vice president, as president-elect after she filed an appeal.

Monday’s declaration was a unanimous decision by the entire Judicial Council.

The Judicial Council expressed their disapproval of Bailey’s decision and considered it an infringement on their right to make decisions as a completely student-run organization.

SGA Chief Justice Seth Church said the council chose not to contest Bailey’s decision because they came to the decision that they would not be able to override him.

“We expressed our disapproval of it, but we acknowledge that we don’t think we have any power to overrule him,” Church said.

Church said Bailey is the official advisor of SGA.

“We couldn’t find it written anywhere that we could overrule him, so with that taken into account, we left it as it was while expressing disapproval,” he said.

Church feels Bailey’s intervention was a bad representation of SGA’s independence.

At the meeting, Boka said she saw Bailey’s decision as valid.

“The Judicial Council was already too involved and already had conflicts of interest in the matter,” Boka said. “The three students who swayed the vote should not have been the determining factor when I was the one elected by the students.”

Boka said the conflicts of interest were due to who members of the council are friends with.

She also said at the meeting she is taking steps to put it behind her.

“I’m just hoping we can all move on from this,” Boka said.

Cain Alvey, administrative vice president, was also a presidential candidate. He filed the appeal that led to Boka’s initial disqualification as president-elect. Alvey also attended the meeting.

Alvey said he understood the Judicial Council’s decision.

“I realized that the judicial couldn’t overrule his opinion,” Alvey said.

Now that all the issues have been settled, Alvey feels SGA will still have to work at putting this behind them.

“It’s been a long road,” Alvey said. “SGA will have a lot of work to do so we can get back to the level that we have been working at this semester.”

Although there has been upheaval in SGA over the election, Alvey does not regret his initial decision to appeal Boka.

“I believe there was a question that needed to be answered,” Alvey said. “With that, it needed to be addressed correctly.”