Student protesters at Columbia University face expulsion amid campus standoff

As expulsion looms for those in Hamilton Hall, the university's strategy for removing blockaded students remains unclear.

Edric Robinson

Apr 30, 2024, 10:59 PM

Updated 29 days ago

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Student protesters occupying Hamilton Hall at Columbia University are facing expulsion as the administration strives to restore campus safety and order.
The university denounced continued disruptions and accused protesters of escalating the situation by vandalizing property, breaking doors and windows and blockading entrances. Columbia's spokesperson stated that protesters were informed on Monday that their actions violated university policies, leading to suspension and restricted access to campus facilities for those who did not comply. Seniors also face ineligibility to graduate.
The administration also noted that these disruptions have created a threatening environment for many Jewish students and contributed to a hostile atmosphere. Plans for the forceful removal of protesters were not disclosed and the NYPD has not been involved, remaining outside the campus gates.
In Washington, D.C., House Speaker Mike Johnson and congressional committee heads called for oversight and accountability, potentially affecting the university's federal funding.
"Congress has two important roles — oversight and the power of the purse. We need accountability for those unable to maintain order and protect innocent students," stated Johnson.
As expulsion looms for those in Hamilton Hall, the university's strategy for removing blockaded students remains unclear.


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