Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh won’t return to Harvard Law School to teach this winter, the university said in an email Monday night.
“Today, Judge Kavanaugh indicated that he can no longer commit to teaching his course in January Term 2019, so the course will not be offered,” Catherine Claypoole of the school’s curriculum committee wrote to students, according to multiple news outlets including the Harvard Crimson.
Whether Kavanaugh withdrew out of anticipation of a position on the Supreme Court remained unclear as of Tuesday.
Kavanaugh’s decision to withdraw from the commitment comes as Harvard students and alumni protest his involvement with the school after three women publicly accused him of sexual misconduct. More than 800 graduates signed a letter calling for Kavanaugh’s position as a lecturer to be fully rescinded.
“The accusations against Judge Kavanaugh, including those by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, are credible and grave,” the online letter states, adding the claims “should disqualify him from any position of esteem, including lectureships at HLS.”
Harvard Law School confirmed to the Crimson on Monday that Kavanaugh’s three-week course, “The Supreme Court Since 2005,” would no longer be offered during the winter term.
“The showdown over Kavanaugh has roiled the campus where he spent ten years instructing Harvard Law students,” the university’s student newspaper reported.
John F. Manning, the law school’s dean, remained largely silent as accusations mounted against the school’s lecturer, per the Crimson, before breaking his silence in an email to law students Friday night.
“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,” Manning wrote.
Harvard Law School declined to comment on whether it had opened its own investigation into Kavanaugh, the Crimson reported, noting Kavanaugh’s profile had seemingly vanished from the school’s public directory.
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