ASG issues statement of apology for May 26 Senate discussion
The leadership of the associated student government released a statement to the Northwestern student community on Wednesday acknowledging a doxxing incident that occurred during its May 26 meeting.
Doxxing refers to when one’s private information is intentionally shared in a digital setting. During the discussion on resolution Supporting human rights in Palestine, an ASG senator shared – without invitation – information on social media of a participant with opposing views, the statement said. Senator’s name is unknown.
“We unequivocally condemn the actions of the senator and regret not having taken swift action to remedy them,” the statement said.
In return, an anonymous participant sent an inappropriate comment to the same senator. The individual was quickly removed from the meeting.
The ASG statement highlighted the increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes in the United States and abroad. At the same time, the statement says that Islamophobia is also a serious global oppression for Muslims.
“There is no room on our campus or in our student government for the blatant disrespect of others, regardless of opinions, experiences and divergent perspectives,” the statement said.
The organization also issued a separate statement the same day affirming its solidarity with the Palestinian and North African communities in the Middle East of UN.
ASG leadership will take action on how to organize debates on important topics, the statement said. Student government leaders plan to hold forums and invite representatives from campus affinity groups to set standards in the fall, the statement said.
Reflecting on last week’s session, Senate Speaker Dylan Jost said the discussion had created challenges within the student government.
Weinberg’s freshman, who is responsible for moderating the discussions, said last Wednesday there was a need to return to programming in person when students return in the fall. A doxxing scenario would be less likely when meetings are in-person, but the in-person and virtual meeting models have their pros and cons, he said.
“I really think it showed us how best to create a safe space, whether it’s in person or virtual,” Jost said. “I think we’ve learned some lessons from it. “
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