LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) — Virginia's attorney general's office says George Mason University does not need state approval to name its law school for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, or SCHEV, was scheduled to vote on the proposal Tuesday. Mason announced plans to name the school for Scalia in conjunction with a $20 million anonymous donation. The $20 million is contingent on renaming the law school, which has a reputation as one of the nation's most conservative.
At a SCHEV meeting Monday, staffers said a recent opinion for the attorney general's office concluded that Mason does not need approval from SCHEV.
The council now plans to vote Tuesday on whether it has the authority to vote on the name change.