[GMU] Justice Kagan praises Scalia at law school renaming ceremony, WJLA, October 6, 2016
George Mason University officials announced plans to change the name shortly after Scalia died in February. The move was tied to a $10 million grant from the Charles Koch Foundation and a $20 million matching grant from an anonymous donor that is contingent on renaming the school.
The GMU faculty senate passed a resolution in April that questioned the change, and some opponents urged the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia to reject it. But the council said in May it had no oversight role in the matter.
About 30 students, faculty, alumni and Virginia taxpayers protested the undue influence they believe donors have on what they're taught at GMU which is a public school. They want a faculty review of donor agreements.
"It's about the strings that are attached to the money and not who the donations are from. Yet again our voices were ignored," said Janine Gaspari, a sophomore at George Mason University.
Protest Planned for Scalia Law School Ceremony, Bloomberg BNA, Sept. 30, 2016
“We do not believe the administration has addressed student and faculty concerns raised about the university’s relationship with private donors,” Parsons said in the release. “The anonymous donor’s stipulation of the name change exemplifies university administrators putting donor interests before those of its students and faculty.”