So, when St. Lawrence University gave Senator Susan Collins an honorary degree last year in recognition of her lack of support for GOP attempts to repeal Obamacare, this “had nothing to do with partisan politics.”
But now that Collins voted for Justice Kavanaugh, these academics want the honorary degree revoked, but this too has nothing to do with partisan politics?
Ok, got it.
Alumni and faculty at the alma mater of Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, are calling on university officials to rescind an honorary degree awarded to her as punishment for voting to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh earlier this month.
More than 1,800 alumni and dozens of faculty at St. Lawrence University are sending letters to university officials on Tuesday demanding they take back an honorary degree the senator received in 2017. Collins graduated from the tiny liberal arts college in northern New York in 1975, and she has received two honorary degrees from the school, mostly recently an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters.
A letter co-signed by more than 1,300 alums states that they believe Collins’s support for Kavanaugh “is not in line with the core values” of the university. While Collins was awarded her honorary degree in 2017 in recognition of the fact that she was not supporting GOP attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, her support for Kavanaugh shows a “lack the integrity and commitment to justice that we expect from the St. Lawrence body,” the alumni’s letter says. They call on the university to revoke the degree “in support of truth and for all of the victims of sexual assault and violence, of which many of her fellow alumni and students have suffered.”….
In a statement, university spokesman Ryan P. Deuel said that the school doesn’t take political positions and that honorary degrees are awarded based on recognition for achievements in the arts, academia, business, contributions to society or for having close ties to campus.
“Throughout its long history, St. Lawrence University has never rescinded any earned or honorary degree, and it has no intention of doing so in this situation,” Deuel said….
Bravo, Mr. Deuel!
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