ASUC Attorney General drops investigation and suggests review of reporting procedure
Student Action Senator Rosemary Hua
ASUC Attorney General Hinh Tran determined that Student Action Senator Rosemary Hua did not violate the ASUC constitution or statutes, according to a statement he released on Tuesday.
Tran announced an ongoing investigation into a senator’s alleged abuse of ASUC polling resources at a public meeting of the ASUC Senate committee on Monday evening and declared the investigation closed less than ‘One day later. Tran said Hua was innocent of all the allegations against her.
It was the first investigation by the attorney general’s office this academic year, according to Tran.
Attorney General’s Office launched investigation after Hua’s GSI for Political Science 171, “California Politics,” approached Tran during the winter break, fearing that Hua was using ASUC polling resources. to complete a class project.
Tran said the documentation Hua provided showed that she used a publicly available survey service and paid for the survey with her own money. His review of Hua’s emails, classwork and bank statements after announcing the investigation led him to close the investigation the next morning.
“I expected this to be dealt with internally,” Tran said. “I had hoped (I would), and I guess it’s my fault.”
Tran said he expects the ASUC to consider revisions to the Attorney General’s office reporting process. He stressed that the investigation was the standard response to the allegations made to the attorney general’s office.
“I imagine that after the fallout from this incident, we would start to formalize the reporting process for the attorney general’s office,” Tran said.
Although ASUC regulations require Tran to investigate allegations reported to his office, he said there was no policy outlining the investigative process or specifying when investigations should be made public. He said he interprets the ASUC Constitution to require the Attorney General to report all ongoing investigations and events in his office to the Constitutional and Procedural Review Committee, whose meetings are open to the public.
“(The investigation) was supposed to remain internal to the Senate until it goes to prosecution, or ends because there was no evidence,” Hua said in an email.
CalSERVE Senator Nolan Pack said he expects ASUC to discuss refining the investigation process in the near future.
“(This) that we hope to see out of this process is a more clearly defined institutional structure to deal with this kind of situation,” said Senator CalSERVE Nolan Pack, who sits on the constitutional and procedural review committee. “This is an opportunity for us to improve the way we conduct investigations. “
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