Columbia president asks police to remain on campus until May 17

Columbia University’s president has asked New York police to remain on the prestigious institution’s campus until May 17, after weeks of controversial protests by pro-Palestinian students, a letter shows.

The letter signed by Minouche Shafik requests police “help to clear” the protest sites on campus, and “retain a presence on campus through at least May 17, 2024 to maintain order and ensure encampments are not reestablished.”

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