Georgetown Nike Protesters Still Getting Punished

Georgetown Nike Protesters Still Getting Punished

We ran a story a couple weeks ago about Georgetown student protesters facing unusually severe sanctions. At the time of publication, those students were appealing those sanctions. Unfortunately, those appeals have been denied.

The activists objected to Georgetown’s partnership with Nike, a company that has not always treated its workers fairly. The school’s disciplinary body decided on punishments beyond the guidelines in code of conduct documents. The concern (or, my concern, at least) is that this relative severity isn’t in response to the content of the demonstration but the fact it targeted Georgetown and its business partner. To hear that the school isn’t budging on the sanctions is troubling.

Admittedly, the punishments aren’t exactly draconian, and Georgetown itself has presented the valid point that civil disobedience involves accepting consequences. But activists are less worried about the specific punishments than a trend towards criminalizing protest: One student told The Georgetown Voice “we are disheartened and scared for the state of student activism on this campus, that they are bringing such severe sanctions against us.” With proposed legislation against protesters across the country, this fear seems pretty founded.


About Stewart Finnegan

In a perfect world, I'd be a professor who teaches poetry using episodes of mediocre sci-fi procedurals, but for now, I'm just a tutor who watches a lot of TV. I got my BA from Kalamazoo College in English with a focus on creative writing, and someday soon I'd like to go back to academia. Most of my formal teaching training was as a creative writing TA, but I've used those skills professionally more to tutor math and write data entry training materials. And though I'd like to focus my work on what I'm really passionate about (which is Netflix binges and outdated video games, mostly), it's the craft of teaching and writing that keeps me coming back. That's why I'm excited to be a part of High Faluter: I'm finding that academia doesn't just stay in academia. And if I can bring crappy midbrow entertainment into academia too, well, all the better. You can find me on Twitter: @StewartFinnegan