James JCRC Chair Chet Khatu has been removed from his post after losing a vote of confidence.
Khatu was removed by a vote of 10-2. One of the JCRC’s three Vice Chairs is expected to take over.
One source on the JCRC said the vote did not come as a surprise and “it had been coming for a while”. The source said Khatu had been removed due to “the combination of a lot of unrest amongst JCR members.”
The vote of no confidence comes days after Khatu engaged in a public argument with James Provost Neil Lunt.
In a series of emails forwarded to Nouse by Khatu, the James Chair accused his provost of not caring about the needs of students. In the opening of one email he wrote: “Thanks for your responses (despite your response consisting solely of butchering my previous email to you), it is clear you are not interested in certain topics of which I am very disappointed, however I wish you all the best when you feel the times are appropriate to discuss these points.”
When contacted by Nouse about the allegations, Lunt said: “I really am not quite sure what the young man is on about. Virtually all the issues that he wanted to put on the agenda were put on the agenda. He has the opportunity to raise each and every point but chooses not to even attend.”
In a thinly veiled swipe at Khatu, Lunt said: “We have already had enough damage done to the College by the actions (and frequently the inactions) of certain individuals.”
Khatu was embroiled in controversy earlier in the year after being involved in a party in the college JCR to which a stripper was brought. He was later forced to apologise for the incident.