U of Houston Student Government Punishes VP

August 2, 2016

The Student Government Association of the University of Houston has suspended Rohini Sethi, the association's vice president, for a social media post that said, "Forget #BlackLivesMatter; more like #AllLivesMatter," The Houston Chronicle reported. To resume holding the position, Sethi must attend three cultural events per month, write a letter reflecting on the controversy over the social media post and speak about the issue at a student government meeting.

The University of Houston issued a statement stressing that it took no action against Sethi.

"The University of Houston continues to stand firm in support of free speech and does not discipline students for exercising their Constitutional rights. All students, faculty and staff have a right to say what they want to say within the confines of the First Amendment and we have consistently supported this right," said the university statement. "The University of Houston has become aware that the Student Government Association (SGA) has suspended its vice president, Ms. Rohini Sethi, from participating in SGA activities. Actions by SGA, a registered student organization subject to its own governance, are not university actions and do not affect the academic or university standing of a student at the University of Houston."

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