A taxpayer-subsidized university in Maine has apologized after a professor created a last minute “Pop-up course” for college credit that involved traveling to D.C. to lobby Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, to vote against then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
According to a statement from university President Glenn Cummings, the actions taken by the professor were done without school approval, and completely unacceptable for a publicly funded university. “Dr. Feiner acted in a very rogue manner. Her behavior was inappropriate. It was unacceptable.”
Cummings went on to stress that the university has a policy of being completely nonpartisan on political matters since they are a taxpayer-funded institution.
“University policy makes it absolutely clear that our public, taxpayer-funded institutions must be nonpartisan in terms of political activity and institutionally impartial in all political, religious, and social matters that are unrelated to our universities’ core mission of education, research and public service,” stated Cummings. Her vote proved crucial, with Kavanaugh narrowly earning confirmation in a 50-48 vote.