You would think it would be an honor to have a sitting Supreme Court justice teach at your school.
That is not how some students at George Mason University view Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s new gig as a visiting law professor. Demanding Kavanaugh be fired from the position, a group of students claimed the university has “failed survivors and the Mason community,” the College Fix reported.
Kavanaugh has been reportedly signed by the school to a three-year contract. While he is not teaching this term, he is scheduled to teach a class in England this summer.
Kavanaugh is scheduled to teach a class called, “Creation of the Constitution” with fellow law school professor Jennifer Mascott, who formerly served as his law clerk.
As word of the contract and new class traveled, so did momentum behind a petition to end Kavanaugh’s affiliation with the school. So far, roughly 2,000 people have signed the “Mason 4 Survivors” petition. The group is using a #CancelKavanaugh tag on social media.
Mason 4 Survivors actually has a full list of demands it has issued to the school. For instance, it wants access to all emails and documentation surrounding the hiring of Kavanaugh. It also wants a formal letter of apology to be issued to all the “survivors.”
Professor Ahsan Butt joined in and sent out the following tweet in protest of Kavanaugh’s hiring:
GMU: we are a serious university, don’t you realize we officially became R1?
Also GMU: Let’s hire a rapist who repeatedly lied to Congress to teach law https://t.co/jsIsBGry0n
— Ahsan Butt (@ahsanib) March 23, 2019
GMU now finds itself in the position of having to defend itself on hiring Kavanaugh to pacify these students.
The university has already issued a statement regarding Kavanaugh as well as reaffirming its efforts to “eradicate sexual violence from our campuses.”
“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. But he was confirmed and is now a sitting Justice. 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,” GMU president Angel Cabrera stated.
For now, Kavanaugh’s position appears to be safe, but we all know what happens when these small activist groups make a lot of noise.
It would not exactly be a surprise to see GMU cave and cancel its agreement with Kavanaugh before this summer session begins.