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Deal Ends Protest in Georgetown President's Office

December 12, 2016

Students occupied the president's office at Georgetown University Thursday night and stayed until Friday night, when they reached an agreement with the university. The protest was to demand that Georgetown end a contract with Nike because of a report by the Worker Rights Consortium indicating inhumane working conditions at a Nike factory in Vietnam. While the university didn't agree to commit to ending its ties to Nike, it did agree to discuss the conditions in the factory and to renew its contract with Nike only if there are systems in place for independent monitoring of factories. In addition, the university said it would discuss with students how these issues would be addressed in future contracts with Nike. The university also indicated that Nike has already pledged to make major improvements in working conditions at the factory.

While some students occupied the office, others held protests outside (at right).

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Scott Jaschik

Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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