A recently retired professor at the University of Southern Maine offered students a “pop-up” credited course to take a bus to Washington, D.C., with demonstrators planning to urge Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins to vote against confirming Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, the Press Herald reported.
University officials found out Wednesday afternoon that Susan Feiner, a former professor of economics and women and gender studies, had asked another university employee to advertise the trip on social media, the paper said, adding that the bus to D.C. left Portland at 9 p.m. Wednesday.
Many of the people travelling on a bus from Portland to D.C. are carrying signs to protest the #KavanaughHearings and speak their mind to @SenatorCollins. Some say they are survivors of sexual assault, and that they believe Dr. Blasey Ford. #ChristineBlasleyFord pic.twitter.com/ct2Vrs2s2V
— Taylor Cairns (@TaylorWGME) October 4, 2018
“This pop-up course was hastily arranged in the past 24 hours, without the knowledge of the provost or myself. It was not appropriately reviewed nor went through proper channels,” President Glenn Cummings said in a statement to the Press Herald. “As soon as the provost and I were apprised of the course, we immediately pulled the one-credit offering. We also made sure that no USM monies were being used for the trip.”