Mount Royal student association ponders election reforms following former president's arrest

March 7, 2012

The Students' Association of Mount Royal University (SAMRU) is reviewing its election processes following robbery charges against its former president, who had recently resigned her position with SAMRU after the organization found "financial anomalies." SAMRU's VP external says student executives must be studying at Mount Royal and be in good standing with the registrar; however, there are no background checks for executives, who oversee a $7-million operating budget. "Our processes are working and they're very stringent," the VP says; for example, each outgoing cheque must be signed by 3 different SAMRU members. That's not the tack preferred by SAIT Polytechnic and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, whose student unions run criminal background checks on successful candidates. The former SAMRU president was not the only elected student official who has faced charges recently. A member of the University of Alberta's Business Students' Association was accused in January of embezzling more than $27,000. Calgary Herald