Following multiple sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, student bodies of both Yale (Kavanaugh’s alma mater) and Harvard, where Kavanaugh is a visiting lecturer, have spoken out forcefully. Yale went as far as to cancel classes to allow students to protest last week, while major protests also took place at Harvard. The dean of Yale Law School also joined the American Bar Association to call for an FBI investigation into the allegations against Judge Kavanaugh.
Unlike Yale, where Kavanaugh went to law school, he still teaches at Harvard Law and is scheduled to do so this winter term. Multiple Harvard Law students have reached out to the school’s dean, John Manning, hoping to discouraged the school from continuing their relationship with the accused judge. While Manning did not unequivocally state that the school would cut ties with Kavanaugh, he did respond with a forceful letter indicating that they will ‘conduct necessary inquiries’ into the allegations against him. The full letter can be read below:
Dear HLS Students,
These have been painful, difficult times for our nation and our community. The Supreme Court confirmation fight has brought into sharp focus questions about sexual assault, fair process, fitness and character for high office, the integrity of the political process, and more. I appreciate the many students who have spoken out and expressed views on these critical issues.
There is an immediate reason I write you today. A number of you have written to me to express concerns about Judge Kavanaugh’s teaching in the Winter Term 2019. Though the course is not scheduled to meet for several months, I understand and respect the urgency you have for an answer now. I have written to dozens of you individually. I know that many of you are unsatisfied with the answer that we cannot comment on personnel matters in particular cases. But, as I have said, this policy serves important purposes even in stressful times.
Still, I can provide you this assurance: When concerns and allegations arise about individuals in our teaching program, we take those concerns and allegations seriously, conduct necessary inquiries, complete our process, and then act.
The Huffington Post reached out to the school for additional information on what Manning meant by the phrase ‘conduct necessary inquiries,’ however the school refused to elaborate at this time.