Student Union President Simran Tatuskar ’21 issued a mandated apology to the student body on Friday with the subject line “Update.” The Senate voted that Tatuskar issued the apology after a judiciary case found her guilty of ineffectively communicating and unconstitutionally deciding the role of the executive senator, according to the judiciary’s formal opinion.
“Hey Brandeis,” Tatuskar’s email begins. “As some of you might be aware, recently there was a Judiciary case that brought to light some institutional problems in the workings of the Student Union—mainly a breakdown of communication between relevant parties. I apologize for the role that I played in perpetuating this cycle, and want to make it clear that my focus moving forward within the parameters of my role is to ensure that these lines are strengthened via internal restructuring and overall policy changes.”
Senator Scott Halper ’20 said during the Senate meeting that he received complaints about the content of Tatuskar’s apology. He said that some students “expressed disappointment with the language.” Halper said that he will be working with Tatuskar on her apology that she will make before the Senate to ensure that it is “done properly and timely.”
Former Vice President Guillermo Caballero ’20 and Senior Representative to the Board of Trustees Zosia Busé ’20 brought the original complaint before the judiciary and a public hearing was held on Oct. 15. Caballero was also found guilty of violating the Union Bylaws and not properly communicating his disagreements with Tatuskar.
“Our policies moving forward are all going to be focused on making sure this communication breakdown does not happen again both this year and in the future as a whole, and that we are doing everything in our capacity to exist for the students,” reads the ends of Tatuskar’s email.
Halper brought the judiciary censure against Caballero that condemned his lack of communication with his other Union members on Oct. 27. Caballero resigned before the Senate during that meeting and his resignation was effective as of Nov. 1, according to an earlier Hoot article. Caballero said that his resignation was unrelated to the censure, but the “being under the supervision of people that do not share the same values and visions,” he told The Hoot.