Yale Law School professors to cancel class if students protest Kavanaugh nomination

One of the protesters against the Judge Brett Kavanaugh wears a Yale shirt with a button with the text “I Believe that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Sept. 24.


Several Yale Law School professors cancelled classes from Monday to and suitable for students who wanted to protest President Trump ‘ s Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a Yale alum who was twice accused of decades-old misconduct on the eve of the confirmation of the vote.

Kavanaugh has denied the sexual misconduct allegations as a “sweep, pure and simple.”

Dozens of students, wearing a black, that a sit-in at the law school Monday, while others traveled to Washington D. C. to protest against the appointment on Capitol Hill, the lining of the halls of the Senate and tones for different offices.

As much as 20 Yale Law School faculty members have cancelled or moved, to and with 31 classes for students to “protest of both the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh, this school is the implicit approval of him, and our administration’s complicity in the widespread sexual harassment in the legal profession,” according to the emails obtained by Campus Reform, a campus watchdog group.

Students held signs reading “YLS is a Model of Complicity” and “there Is nothing more important to YLS, then the proximity of power and prestige?”

YLS Dean Heather K. Gerken called it a “long, Yale Law School tradition” as to the allegations, “which the deep concern of the Yale Law School and in the entire country” in a statement Monday.

Yale student Jishian Ravinthiran, center, raises his fist during a protest against the Judge Brett Kavanaugh in the Russell Senate office building Rotunda, on Capitol Hill, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018 in Washington.

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

“As dean, I can take a position on the appointment, but I am so proud of the work our community is doing to deal with these issues, and I stand with them in support of the importance of a fair trial, the rule of law and the integrity of the legal system,” Gerken said.

She added the decision to cancel class was made by the professors, such as the administration and the faculty have worked with students to “come together as a whole to discuss this important moment in the history of our country.”

Fifty YLS faculty members signed a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee Friday urging the Senate to “conduct a fair and deliberate confirmation process.”

“Many individual faculty members chose to reschedule or cancel lessons today, while some others held classes, as usual,” Yale spokesman told Fox News in a statement. “The lessons have been moved to another time, to make time for the community to discuss issues related to the confirmation process.”

Not all students agree with the cancellation, however.

“While I respect the right of students to protest against their voice to be heard, I do not agree with the professors decide to cancel classes at the request of the protesters,” YLS student Emily Hall told Campus Reform. “It effectively encourages students to take part in the protests and punishing those who choose not to by disrupting the timetable.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Caleb Parke is an associate editor for You can follow him on Twitter @calebparke

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