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Ohio University Student President Resigns Following Arrest For 'Disorderly Intoxication'

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The student senate president at Ohio University stepped down following an arrest for "disorderly intoxication" during a trip to Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl in Florida, reports the Post, a student newspaper.

Nick Southall, the now former student president, was found at 2:45 a.m. Monday "screaming up and down the hallways" at the Sirata Beach Resort in St. Petersburg, Fla., according to Cristen Rensel, spokesperson for the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Police arrested Southall, 22, after he began screaming obscenities at officers. Southall told police he did not know which room was his. The responding officers were trying to escort him to the lobby to figure out where he belonged, WOUB reports, but Southall continued to behave disorderly.

Southall's case was resolved Monday when he paid a fine and court costs totaling $550, according to the Athens Messenger.

As part of Southall's resignation, he forfeits the full tuition scholarship that came with his office.

"Our initial oath when we take office is not to bring shame or discredit to the university, so right there his oath is broken," Anna Morton, senate’s vice president, told the Post. Morton will take over now that Southall has resigned.

Southall declined to comment to local news outlets.

Nicole Spears, a spokesperson for the student senate, said they respect his choice to step down, although "a change in leadership will present a challenge."

[h/t Business Insider]

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