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With Sanctions Removed, UH Student Leader Takes Voluntary Leave Of Absence From Office For “Forget #BlackLivesMatter” Post

“I have chosen to take these steps on my own because of the division I’ve created among our student body.”

Rohini Sethi
Rohini Sethi

This summer the University of Houston erupted after their student body vice president posted on Facebook “Forget #BlackLivesMatter.”

In the latest twist in the controversy, the UH Student Government Association has reversed its course to sanction that student, Rohini Sethi, and decided to remove her punishment, citing a potential violation of their internal rules.

It was the UH student government’s senate that originally voted to punish Sethi for her comments on social media in the wake of the Dallas police shootings.

But last week, some of those student representatives raised concerns that that action violated some of their bylaws and was technically invalid.

That concern prompted the UH student government to remove the sanctions last Friday, which included a temporary suspension from office.

Sethi said that she is still going to voluntarily take a leave of absence as student body vice president until the fall semester starts. She has also agreed to participate in a diversity training and attend cultural student groups throughout the year.

“I have chosen to take these steps on my own because of the division I’ve created among our student body,” Sethi wrote in a letter. “I may have had the right to post what I did, but I still should not have. My words at the time didn’t accurately convey my feelings and caused many students to lose their faith in me to advocate for them.”

Sethi concluded that she wants to re-earn students’ trust.

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Laura Isensee

Laura Isensee

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Laura Isensee covers education for Houston Public Media, including K-12 and higher education. Previously, she was a staff reporter at The Miami Herald and contributed to South Florida’s NPR affiliate. Her work has also appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Reuters and Clarín in Argentina. Laura has won awards for...

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