While the Senate determines if Brett Kavanaugh will be on the Supreme Court in 2019, Harvard has announced he, at the very least, won’t be teaching about it.
“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,” read an email sent on behalf of the School’s Curriculum Committee at Harvard.
The email, sent at 7:52 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, did not contain any further information.
Supreme Court Justices aren’t, either as a rule or a habit, prohibited from teaching. Clarence Thomas taught a course at the University of Georgia School of Law in 2016, for instance. In fact, adjunct teaching positions are a major source of personal income for justices.
BREAKING: thanks to student organizing, Brett Kavanaugh will NOT be returning to teach at Harvard pic.twitter.com/5N5FXbfJAe
— Sejal Singh (@Sej_Singh) October 1, 2018
Last week, the dean at Harvard Law wouldn’t say if Kavanaugh would retain his teaching position. It’s unclear if this apparent dismissal is related to allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh. Judge Kavanaugh did say in his testimony Thursday that he felt his teaching career was in jeopardy due to those allegations.
One Harvard Law student, Sejal Singh, attributed the decision to not offer Kavanaugh’s class to student organizing. Harvard’s Undergraduate Council voted Sunday to demand allegations against Kavanaugh be investigated before he would be invited to teach again, reports the Harvard Crimson.
“The Undergraduate Council stands in solidarity with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez, Julie Swetnick, and all survivors of sexual violence,” read their letter. “We also stand with members of Harvard Law School who request a full and fair investigation into allegations against Judge Kavanaugh before he is allowed back on campus to teach.”
Harvard has repeatedly refused comment on Kavanaugh’s future with the university, citing a need to keep “personnel matters” confidential.
Katelyn Kivel is a contributing editor and senior legal reporter for Grit Post in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Follow her on Twitter @KatelynKivel.