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USF's student president to resign amid alcohol inquiry



USF student body president Barclay Harless, being investigated in an alleged on-campus drinking incident from earlier this summer, tells the Times he'll resign his elected post.

Harless' decision comes just a few days after he apologized to the USF student senate for the June 14 incident and resulting fallout. Administrators are wrapping up their inquiry, which centers around Harless' behavior the night of June 14 and the explanation he initially gave to administrators.

He said two brothers from his fraternity, Beta Theta Phi, came to his office in the Marshall Center that evening as a freshman orientation event wrapped up. Harless wouldn't identify his friends, but he admitted the three had agreed earlier to drink in Harless' office. He characterized it as a way to relax after a long day of stressful work.

"I received huge support to stay," Harless, 22 said Friday. "But if the perception is that student government will be hurt by my staying, I am willing to step down."

Vice president Garin Flowers will take over and appoint a new vice president.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:22am]


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