CSU Student Government Association Executive Board forced out; A special election to be held

Early Friday morning, CSU’s Division of Campus Engagement, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion issued this statement on the CSU Student Government Association: 

“As of October 14, the previous Executive Board members of the Student Government Association have transitioned out of their roles,” the statement continued.

The current Speaker of the Senate, Garrett Rafn, will assume the responsibilities of the Executive Board in the interim until a special election can be held per the constitution.

“A special election will be held to elect new members to the Executive Board. The available positions are President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer,” the statement continued.

The board, dismissed as of October 14th, was as follows:

President – Shashank Reddy

Vice President – Arpan Gangumalla

Treasurer – Kalyan Velluri

Secretary – Usha Mundra

According to sources, the board was ineligible in some way due to its failure to meet the initial requirements.

A statement released by the Student Government Association confirmed the board was forced out due to the failure to meet the initial requirements.

“It is with disappointment that we announce that the entire Executive Board: President Shashank Reddy, Vice President Arpan Gangumalla, Secretary Usha Mundra, and Treasurer Kalyan Veluri, have been relieved from their duties,” The statement released in October read. This decision was made based on Executive Board members’ failure to meet the eligibility requirements outlined in the SGA constitution.” 

Why this ineligibility was not determined earlier remains unclear. However, Rafn assured that until a new Executive Board is elected that their mission to support and advocate for student and campus issues will not waiver.

This is Rafn’s third year in the Senate. He has previously served two terms as Senator representing the College of Sciences and Health Professions. 

“{Rafn} looks forward to continuing to work with Senators and Directors to serve the CSU student body and campus,” the statement read. “{Rafn} hopes to steward his role in a manner that honors the values of servant leadership and promotes synergy within student government.”

The Cauldron reached out to Rafn for an interview on Oct. 29. Rafn has yet to reply. 

This is a developing story. Updates will be posted as they become available.

Update: This Story was updated on Nov. 1, 2022.

Correction: Former Vice President Arpan Gangumalla was incorrectly identified as Arpan Reddy in an earlier version of the story.