The group calling themselves “Mason For Survivors” started a petition to “terminate AND void ALL contracts and affiliation with Brett Kavanaugh at George Mason University.” The petition attracted over 3,000 signatures so far.
Kavanaugh is set to teach a course for students studying abroad in the United Kingdom next summer for the university’s Antonin Scalia Law School as a distinguished visiting professor, but the activists say the allegations raised by women during the confirmation hearings last year warrant the firing of the justice.
Higher-education watchdog Campus Reform’s Emma Meshell told Fox Business’ Stuart Varney that some students said “the accusations against him are enough to make it a negative thing to have him on campus.”
“This is very alarming because these are law students who are supposed to understand that people are innocent until proven guilty and that Brett Kavanaugh, in the eyes of the law, is still 100 percent innocent and he's a Supreme Court justice. What an opportunity for a law student to be able to learn from a Supreme Court justice,” she added.
Some students also said that the university by associating with Kavanaugh makes the campus feel unsafe and threatened.
“As a survivor, as a student who comes to this university and expects to have a good education, to experience a happy, safe place, I am insulted.”
“As a survivor, as a student who comes to this university and expects to have a good education, to experience a happy, safe place, I am insulted,” student Elijah Nichols told WDVM, adding that the school is ignoring the safety and well-being of students.
The Mason For Survivors group, claiming to be a “student-led advocacy group in solidarity with survivors,” also urges the university to release “any and all documents” concerning the hiring of Kavanaugh, in addition to holding a town hall and a formal apology by the university officials.
But the school has so far rebuffed the activists’ demands and issued a statement affirming the hiring of Kavanaugh on the grounds that the university seeks to have students being taught by the “most influential legal experts in the nation.”
“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.”
“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,” Angel Cabrera, the university’s president, said last month.
“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,” he added.
“This decision, controversial as it may be, in no way affects the university’s ongoing efforts to eradicate sexual violence from our campuses.”