CofC student body president survives impeachment proceedings

Ross Kressel (Source:
Ross Kressel (Source:

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Despite impeachment proceedings, the student body president at the College of Charleston will stay in office.

The school's student newspaper reports that Ross Kressel was accused of offensive Twitter comments about women, african americans and some of his colleagues.

He admitted to the George Street Observer his tweets were unprofessional, inappropriate and misguided. He said he wanted to fix the damage, but that his tweets were private.

The Student Government Association voted on Kressel's case Tuesday. The final vote was 25 to 4 in favor of Kressel staying in office.

Kressel is paid $13.50 an hour and can receive the cost of in-state tuition, almost $10,000 a year.

College spokesman Mike Robertson says the college has no comment but will allow the student government process to proceed.

According to Kressel's campaign website, the president said he "launched an effort to change the College of Charleston institutional non-discrimination policy."

He also said, "My efforts began with hopes of including protections for individuals from discrimination based on their sexual orientation and gender identity."

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