CSUN senator at center of investigation
Academic record placed in organization’s judicial chambers sparks inquest
An investigation involving CSUN undergraduate student government business senator Anthony Alegrete is currently underway, after a document indicating his withdrawal from all classes in which he was registered this semester was anonymously left in an office.
A printed copy of Alegrete’s academic record showing his current enrollment status was placed in the CSUN Judicial Council chambers in the CSUN office on Monday.
Robin Gonzales, an associate justice with the CSUN Judicial Council, said the document had apparently been slid under the door. He said the record “seems suspect.” [flickr id=”8229590258″ thumbnail=”small” overlay=”true” size=”large” group=”” align=”right”]
“It didn’t look legitimate, so I didn’t think twice about it,” he said. “I don’t know who it was from, or who put it there, but I just assumed it was tampered with.”
The UNLV Office of the Registrar confirmed that Alegrete is not currently enrolled in any Fall 2012 classes at the university on Wednesday.
CSUN officials said they are not aware of who is involved in revealing the record, though the person could face legal ramifications. It is unclear whether the person acted alone.
According to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, it is illegal to post a student’s educational record in public without their consent.
Alegrete, who is currently running for re-election, said he was unable to comment on the issue because it is currently under investigation.
The CSUN Elections Board has filed a case against Alegrete. The date of the next board meeting has not yet been set, though it is expected to be held Dec. 6 or 7.
CSUN elections coordinator Jessica Recarey declined to comment on the case.
Phil Burns, director of the Office of Student Conduct, said he “cannot confirm or deny that I know about that issue.”
In order to serve within CSUN, a student must be an undergraduate student at UNLV, enrolled in at least six credits and be in good standing in their academic college.
Gonzales said that he did not believe that the record would sway judicial members’ ruling in the upcoming case hearing and that he wasn’t sure why it was placed in the judicial chambers.
“I don’t know what they were trying to accomplish, but they haven’t accomplished anything,” he said.