Students Protest against Hiring Brett Kavanaugh on Campus

Hiring Brett Kavanaugh on Campus Updated: 04/09/19 10:53 AM EDT

The students of George Mason University are protesting the school to stop Supreme Court Justice, Brett Kavanaugh, from teaching a summer course at the university this year.

According to The Washington Post, some students at the school’s main campus in Fairfax City demand that Kavanaugh is blocked entirely from being allowed to teach a class to students at the university’s Antonin Scalia Law School this summer due to the allegations of sexual misconduct accused against him last year.

The school’s undergraduate population of students consists of roughly around 25,000 students, while about 525 students are enrolled at the university’s law school.

Since the news of Kavanaugh’s hire surfaced last month, student protesters have reportedly been marching around the school’s campus, chanting out phrases like, “Kick Kavanaugh off campus!”

A recent petition has also emerged calling on the school’s administrators to not only prevent Kavanaugh from teaching summer courses but also issue an apology to the sexual assault survivors over the move.

The petition was created two weeks ago by a group called “Mason 4 Survivors.” The group has been providing links to separate forms for alumni and parents to pledge to no longer donate money to the university until Kavanaugh no longer holds a teaching job there.

According to the Post, the petition has gathered almost 3,500 signatures and has already earned the endorsement of George Mason Democrats, which is a political group on-campus.

Ángel Cabrera, president of George Mason Democrats, has defended the school’s decision to hire Kavanaugh in a statement released last month.

“I respect the views of people who disagreed with Justice Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation due to questions raised about his sexual conduct in high school,” Cabrera said.

“But he was confirmed and is now a sitting Justice,” Cabrera continued. “The law school has determined that the involvement of a U.S. Supreme Court Justice contributes to making our law program uniquely valuable for our students. And I accept their judgment.”

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