A vote to impeach a University of Nebraska-Lincoln senator who used offensive language as a defense for free speech failed Monday.
Cameron Murphy, a graduate student in nutrition, will keep his post in the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska after a majority of senators voted to remove him — but not the two-thirds majority required, according to the Daily Nebraskan, UNL's student newspaper.
Deliberations were held in private but the secret ballot vote was open to the public. Several student senators subsequently asked for Murphy's resignation.
During a Nov. 13 meeting of the student government organization, Murphy used racial slurs and offensive language in opposing a resolution that asked students to avoid using derogatory language.
The resolution passed, but combined with other racially insensitive incidents, Murphy's speech at the meeting sparked a dialogue on campus about racial intolerance. University officials launched a campaign called “Not Here, Not Now, Not Ever” to encourage students to stand up to racism and offensive language.