There was a bit of breaking news Monday night that we passed on, because frankly, it wasn’t that big a deal, even if the tweet made it sound that way:

What? Kavanaugh out at Harvard? Did the school buckle and tell him not to come back? If you read the linked story in the Harvard Crimson, however, you learn that the move was Kavanaugh’s decision:

Embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh will not return to teach at Harvard Law School in January, according to an email administrators sent to Law students Monday evening.

“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,” Associate Dean and Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs Catherine Claypoole wrote in the email, which she sent on behalf of the Law School’s Curriculum Committee.

Um, yeah, so they canceled one of his classes because he said he wouldn’t be available — he’ll be serving on the Supreme Court, most likely, so his schedule will be full.

That hasn’t stopped students at Harvard from going on the attack, and the Harvard Crimson reports Tuesday that 48 Harvard Law students have filed Title IX complaints against Kavanaugh, claiming his presence on campus was sexual harassment.

The Crimson reports:

[Jacqueline L.] Kellogg and Julia B. Wiener ’19 — who also signed the petition and filed a complaint against Kavanaugh — both argued the nominee’s presence on campus would create a “hostile environment” as defined in Harvard guidelines related to sexual harassment.

Kellogg said she hopes students who have previously felt reluctant to file complaints with the University — whether related to Kavanaugh or to other experiences — will see that the formal process gives them “power” and “a right to our feeling of being safe.”

Kellogg and Wiener said they believe students who have suffered sexual assault or harassment would have been negatively affected had they encountered Kavanaugh around campus.

So these are law students — whom we’d guess had taken a course on due process by this point in their studies.


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