College protests updates: Police begin dismantling University of Chicago encampment

Police entered the campus encampment early Tuesday, WLS reported.

Protests have broken out at colleges and universities across the country in connection with the war in Gaza.

Many pro-Palestinian protesters are calling for their colleges to divest of funds from Israeli military operations, while some Jewish students on the campuses have called the protests antisemitic and said they are scared for their safety.

The student protests -- some of which have turned into around-the-clock encampments -- have erupted throughout the nation following arrests and student removals at Columbia University in New York City. Students at schools including Yale University, New York University, Harvard University, University of Texas at Austin, University of Southern California and more have launched protests.

Over 300 Harvard professors sign letter urging Harvard to negotiate with protesters

Over 300 Harvard University professors have signed a letter to the university urging "constructive dialogue" with the peaceful protesters on campus.

"We are concerned that the university has yet to meet with the students to hear their concerns. Instead, the administration has issued escalating threats of punitive disciplinary action, the severity of which the university has not seen in decades," professors wrote.

"We urge the administration to meet and engage in meaningful dialogue with peacefully protesting students," the letter said.

The letter, sent to interim President Alan Garber and interim Provost John F. Manning Tuesday, came after Harvard warned protesters to empty their encampment. The professors are urging Harvard's administration to follow the lead of Brown University and Northwestern University, where encampments ended after school leadership agreed to take steps toward divestment.

"I think so many of us signed this letter because, as faculty, we have a duty of care towards our students. The harshness and scale of the proposed punishment is unprecedented and frankly alarming; these are activities that should be met with dialogue, not punishment," Teju Cole, a Gore Vidal professor of the practice of creative writing at Harvard, said in a statement.

"We are calling on the administration to be fair-minded and set these protests in the context of numerous other protests that have happened here in the past, in response to which the university did the right thing," Cole said.

Police begin dismantling encampment at University of Chicago

Police entered an encampment at the University of Chicago early Tuesday and began dismantling it, according to Chicago ABC station WLS.

LAPD detective to assist UCLA investigation into attack on protesters

UCLA's Chancellor Gene Block said Monday that a detective from the LAPD will join the school's investigation to identify those who were involved in violence against pro-Palestinian protesters on campus last week.

The law enforcement investigation at UCLA is being led by Associate Chancellor and Chief Safety Officer Rick Braziel. Its goal is to "identify the perpetrators of the violence and hold them to account," Block said in a note to the community.

Block said that they have reached out to the FBI for "possible assistance," as well as Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón over prosecution.

MIT protesters resist leaving encampment on campus

Protesters at Massachusetts Institute of Technology are resisting orders to leave the encampment on Monday.

Footage from the scene shows protesters toppling the barriers, surrounding the encampment and linking arms.

This comes after MIT President Sally Kornbluth gave students until 2:30 p.m. ET to leave the encampment on campus.

The encampment on MIT's campus, on the Kresge lawn, has been ongoing for more than two weeks, according to Kornbluth.

New York University, New School explain decision to remove, arrest students

New York University and New School, in separate statements, said they requested police move students from their campuses after multiple rounds of negotiations failed.

NYU said the "encampment had become increasingly untenable for the NYU community and the neighborhood we inhabit." Classes will proceed as normal today.

NYU said it is aware of calls for a 4 p.m. protest at the former site of the encampment.

The New School, which switched to remote learning Friday, said students continued to set up in the lobby of the University Center building and block access to the "residence hall, classrooms, library, and cafeteria."

Despite the university "pleading to allow their fellow students to enter their residence hall, the protesters would not budge."

The New School said the protests continued even after they "provided a confirmed date this month for the Investment Committee to consider a vote on disinvestment."

"It is a sad day for all of us who are part of this university community and who believe in free speech, which we have pledged to protect and will continue to protect," The New School said in a statement.