UNLV senator resigns in wake of social media post

A UNLV student government senator who was criticized this month for an image he posted on social media has resigned.

The oversight committee for student government received 49 complaints about David Dennison’s post, which depicted an image of a woman being forced to drink alcohol. It was captioned with “Goodbye Friendzone,” and additional text by Dennison that said “works every time.”

“His existence as a senator in student government is a direct insult to countless survivors of sexual assault,” said Jayson Dagher, director of engagement for student government. “It (his resignation) was a long time coming. He should have done it a lot sooner.”

Dennison resigned Tuesday night in an email sent to the senate president. Efforts to reach Dennison by phone were unsuccessful.

Dagher was one of many UNLV students who brought swift condemnation to Dennison — a senator representing the Harrah Hotel College — via social media.

The oversight committee, which enforces the rules and regulations of student government, had planned to schedule a meeting with Dennison to discuss the complaints, but he was out of town, said Nicole Thomas, committee chairwoman.

Dagher said student government can either appoint someone to his position, or wait to take action on the vacant post until senate elections later this semester.

Contact Natalie Bruzda at nbruzda@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-3897. Follow @NatalieBruzda on Twitter.

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