Former SGA officer removed from meeting by UAPD

By Rich Robinson, Melissa Brown

Officers dispatched from the Univesity of Alabama Police Department removed former SGA Executive Vice President Matt Harris from a meeting of the First Year Council on Nov. 29.

“Matt Harris is no longer the Executive Vice President of the Student Government Association,” SGA Press Secretary Meagan Bryant said in a statement. “He was asked to leave Thursday’s meeting which was only open to First Year Councilors and the Director of FYC.”

Cathy Andreen, the director of Media Relations for The University of Alabama confirmed the police were asked to respond to the situation.

“UAPD was called to [the] Ferguson Center regarding an individual who was attending a meeting that he was not authorized to attend,” Andreen said.

No record of arrest existed at the UAPD station. The Crimson White requested a copy of the incident report, but the request was denied.

Harris was previously removed from office on Nov. 13 due to “personal circumstances,” according to an email sent from SGA President Matt Calderone.

In an emailed statement, Andreen explained the differences between public and nonpublic information with regards to UAPD activities.

“UAPD posts all Incident/Offense reports on the kiosk in the lobby of the police station,” Andreen said. “These reports document criminal acts or criminal charges and are public information. Individuals may request a printed copy of the information posted on the kiosk but it may take a week or more to obtain these copies.”

Andreen went on to explain incident reports are internal documents that are part of the information gathering and information management process.

“They generally involve information that is non-criminal in nature and they are not public information,” she said.

Staff Reporter Madison Roberts contributed to this report.  


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