SOUTH BEND — A student petition is calling on Notre Dame’s president to resign.
Father John Jenkins attended the ceremony for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett on Saturday.
His decision to shake hands with people there and not wear a mask caused outrage for some Notre Dame students, who have been following strict campus coronavirus rules so closely.
The three students who created the petition say Jenkins’ actions were an open rebuke of the sacrifices students have been making all semester.
Masks are required everywhere you go on campus, even if you go for a run by yourself outside.
And social distancing is must.
In deciding not to wear a mask and not to social distance on Saturday, the students say Jenkins disregarded his own rules. And it wasn’t the first time.
When Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins attended the Rose Garden nomination ceremony for Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Saturday, his decision to not wear a mask set off a social media firestorm at Notre Dame.
Tolly Taylor: “Do you want him to be forced to resign because of this?”
Ashton Weber: “It’s necessary to send the message that you can’t just continue to fail as a leader and then send empty apologies.”
Ashton Weber is one of three Notre Dame juniors who decided to create the student senate resolution.
It calls for Jenkins to resign for “failure to comply with COVID-19 protocols.”
They posted it just after 3 p.m. on Sunday and 24 hours later, it had the required 200 student signatures. Tomorrow, the student senate will review the resolution.
“He’s a repeat offender, and if he were a student, he would’ve been expelled,” said Patrick Kelly-Dutile.
He’s referring to a photo taken in early August, which shows Jenkins shoulder-to-shoulder with Notre Dame students.