University of Oklahoma President David Boren announced his retirement in September 2017. His retirement is set to be effective June 30th, 2018. He said students would be included on the search committee in a process that would encompass representatives from the whole university community. The responsibility fell to SGA Legislative & Executive Leadership to appoint students on the Search Committee. The Regents gave 1 week for the appointment and ignored SGA appointment procedures, Regents Bylaws and the publicly stated perceived will at the time of President Boren. Instead of SGA Leadership standing up to fight for students, ask the Regents for a time extension to ensure a fair appointment process or making make shift interviews followed by calling for a special session fast track session, leadership either caved OR sold the students out for a position on the board themselves. The appointments resulted in the Chair of the Undergraduate Student Congress, the SGA Student Body Vice President, the Chair of the Student Bar Association and the Chair of the Graduate Student Senate being appointed after they nominated themselves. In a rush to a vote that violated the Oklahoma Open Meetings Act, they told student Congress "Put us on the Board OR no students will be on the Board." Congress out of fear of loosing student seats without any research said yes. SGA Leadership "Defense" was a short time frame and that all 4 were popularly elected by the student body. The SGA Student Body Vice President can take that Defense. However the other 3 can't. OU Academics is divided up into 48 academic seats for Congress across multiple academic districts, departments and divisions. The Chair of the Undergraduate Student Congress came from the Social Sciences Division. Then the other 47 voting members (with over 22,000 students on campus) chose her to be Chair. In the Graduate Student Senate each division chooses its member and the Chair of the Graduate Student Senate was in her third year of dictatorship role without giving up power as Chair. The Student Bar Association only represents the interest of Law Students which make up less than a 1,000. In the end over 18,000 students and student groups within different majors were ignored and left in the dark without a voice.
Monlux then legally challenged the process attempting to right the wrong and was met with mixed success in the first legal round. In the second round, the court order was ignored and willfully skirted by the Regents and SGA Leadership. His op ed in the OU Daily goes into detail on the first round. In the 2nd round, the Court reversed its decision contradicting its own logic less than a week later leading Monlux to believe that the Regents paid a visit to SGA Superior Court breaking impartiality from the bench with intimidation methods. At this time Monlux would like to thank Ryan Echols and Brian Owings for also bringing suit in student court over violation procedures of different aspects in regards to the same issue. The opposition to the appointments and legal challenges were of the process itself, NOT the caliber of the individuals who were well qualified.