Columbia University is suspending Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) as official student groups until the end of the fall term. This decision was made after both groups repeatedly violated University policies related to holding events on campus, culminating in an unauthorized event Thursday afternoon that took place despite warnings and included threatening speeches and intimidation.
The suspension means both groups will not be eligible to hold on-campus events or receive university funding. Lifting the suspension will be contingent on both groups demonstrating a commitment to comply with University policies and engaging in consultations at the group leadership level with University officials.
Like all student groups, SJP and JVP are required to adhere to University policies and procedures. This ensures both the safety of our community and that core University activities can proceed without interruption. During this particularly busy time on our campus, we are strongly committed to providing space for student groups to participate in debate, advocacy, and protest. This depends on community members following the rules and cooperating with University administrators who have a duty to ensure the safety of all members of our community.
Senior Executive Vice President of the University and Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Campus Safety