- SJP and JVP have been suspended as official student groups on campus through the end of the fall semester
- Columbia’s senior executive vice president and chair of its Special Committee on Campus Safety, Gerald Rosberg, announced the news Friday
- Columbia SJP said that followers should ‘stay tuned for an official response,’ in a post on X, formerly Twitter
Columbia University in New York City has suspended Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) student groups after unauthorized campus protests left college kids feeling threatened and intimidated.
The two student organizations are suspended as official student groups through the end of the fall semester.
Columbia’s senior executive vice president and chair of its Special Committee on Campus Safety, Gerald Rosberg, announced the news in a statement Friday afternoon.
‘This decision was made after the two groups repeatedly violated university policies related to holding campus events, culminating in an unauthorized event Thursday afternoon that proceeded despite warnings and included threatening rhetoric and intimidation,’ said Rosberg, who also serves as chair of Columbia’s Special Committee on Campus Safety.
Columbia SJP said that followers should ‘stay tuned for an official response,’ in a post on X, formerly Twitter, on Friday.
JVP is an anti-Zionist group that supports the international boycott movement against Israel.
Suspension means the two student groups will not be eligible to host events on campus or receive university funding until the end of the semester.
It is unclear if the groups will be reinstated on campus in the next semester.
Brandeis became the first private university to ban Students for Justice in Palestine on campus last week.
The Anti-Defamation League issued an ‘urgent’ open letter last month urging college and university administrators to ‘immediately investigate’ their campus chapters of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) for ‘potential violations of the prohibition against materially supporting a foreign terrorist organization.’
Just last week, Columbia University launched an antisemitism taskforce to tackle the ‘terribly resilient form of hatred’ after a record-breaking number of Jewish-related assaults and harassment on campus .
A Jewish billionaire resigned from the board of Columbia Business School over the Ivy League’s acceptance of ‘blatantly anti-Jewish student groups.’
Philanthropist Henry Swieca, 66, sent his alma matter a letter on October 30 where he explained he was resigning from the board because he needed to ‘make a principled stand’ after student protests amid the Israel-Hamas war.
In the letter, he wrote: ‘With blatantly anti-Jewish student groups and professors allowed to operate with complete impunity, it sends a clear and distressing message that Jews are not just unwelcome, but also unsafe on campus.