By: Gerard Albert III and Joshua Ceballos/PantherNOW Staff
Update Monday, Sept. 17:
The current vice president of the Student Government Council at the Modesto Maidique Campus, Sabrina Rosell, issued a statement to the Senate today regarding her transition into presidency after the resignation of SGC-MMC President Jose Sirven. The text of the statement is shown below:
Jose Sirven will be resigning from his position as president of the Student Government Council at the Modesto Maidique Campus hours after Student Media reported that he signed a contract promising paid positions during the spring 2018 elections.
The contract, which Student Media also received, guaranteed paid positions for individuals from FIVIEWS, the party opposed to Sirven’s, FIYOU, in the spring elections. The contract is believed to have been authored during a behind-closed-doors meeting between the two parties when they decided to merge in 2018.
The agreement, according to members of the student government was that Sirven, representing FIYOU, would run unopposed and in return he would appoint members of FIVIEWS to paid positions. After running unopposed, Sirven became president in April 2018.
The contract violated several ethics codes, according to an investigation done by the Internal Affairs committee. The committee then filed an official complaint on Wednesday, Sept. 12, against Sirven and SGC-MMC senator Javier Ortiz.
On Sunday, Sept. 16, Student Media received an email with a statement from Sirven in which he said he will resign on Monday, October 1, to be succeeded by current Vice President Sabrina Rosell.
“I have made mistakes, but I hope that my pursuit of what I envisioned was best for students and FIU would be weighed favorably against them,” Sirven’s email read.
The full text of the email can be seen below:
The last time an SGC-MMC president resigned was back in 2001 because of academic ineligibility.