An­gry alumni to re­turn de­grees

THE (Times Higher Education) - - NEWS -

Dozens of Lib­erty Univer­sity alumni plan to re­turn their de­gree cer­tifi­cates in protest after the univer­sity’s leader, Jerry Fal­well Jr, de­fended Don­ald Trump’s re­sponse to the vi­o­lent white su­prem­a­cist rally in Char­lottesville, Vir­ginia. After the US pres­i­dent said that there had been “very fine peo­ple” on both sides in Char­lottesville, Mr Fal­well, whose fa­ther founded Lib­erty, tweeted, call­ing the com­ments a “bold, truth­ful” state­ment and say­ing that he was

“so proud” of Mr Trump. The New York Times re­ported that alumni of the Vir­ginia in­sti­tu­tion had set up a Face­book group stat­ing: “Our pub­lic demon­stra­tion of re­vok­ing all ties, all sup­port present and fu­ture, and urg­ing the Board of Trustees to re­move Fal­well from the ad­min­is­tra­tion of L.U. will send a mes­sage to the school that could jeop­ar­dize fu­ture en­roll­ment, fi­nances and fund­ing.”

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