The SIU Board of Trustees is involved in a lawsuit, alleging that the student-trustee was elected in a race he shouldn’t have been allowed to run in.
Nolan Sharkey, lost the student-trustee seat to Jesse Cler in April. Sharkey and his attorney, Darrel Dunham, say Cler shouldn’t have been on the ballot because he didn’t have enough valid signatures on his petition to run.
"(Cler) did not properly identify the people that had signed his petition," Dunham said. "And there were other irregularities. It was decided by the election board that he did not comply and he should not be on the ballot."
Dunham says an official in the Agriculture Department sent an email to a group of students in support of Cler, an alleged violation of the Student Trustee Election Laws.
"I think it was just highly inappropriate for any faculty matter to intervene in a student election to favor one student as opposed to the other," Dunham said. "I would have never done anything like that, and I'm sure if I did, I would have been disciplined."
Cler would have a vote on the board as one of two student-trustees, the other is a symbolic position. Dunham says he either wants all of the votes cast for Cler voided out or a new election with more oversight.
A spokesman with SIU says the university does not comment on pending legal matters.