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June 20, 2024 at 8:03 PM

Charges to be dropped against most pro-Palestinian protesters at Columbia

The Manhattan district attorney's office moved to dismiss the charges against most of the pro-Palestinian protesters arrested at Columbia University and City College.
June 20, 2024 at 8:03 PM
In this April 30, 2024, file photo, New York Police Department officers detain dozens of pro-Palestinian students at Columbia University after they barricaded themselves at the Hamilton Hall building near Gaza Solidarity Encampment, in New York.
June 11, 2024 at 9:45 AM

Dozens arrested at UCLA attempting to set up camp, university police say

About 25 people were arrested Monday night on the University of California Los Angeles campus, as they attempted to set up a tent encampment, university police said.
June 11, 2024 at 9:45 AM
University of California Police officers face pro-Palestinian protesters outside Dodd Hall in the University of California Los Angeles in Los Angeles, June 10, 2024.
May 29, 2024 at 4:01 PM

Harvard will no longer comment on public matters unrelated to 'core function'

Harvard will no longer comment on public matters unrelated to its 'core function' amid ongoing tensions related to the Israel-Hamas war.
May 29, 2024 at 4:01 PM
Dunster House in Cambridge at Harvard University is pictured in 2022 image.
1 month ago

GOP lawmakers grill Northwestern, Rutgers and UCLA leaders on protest response

On Thursday, leaders from Northwestern, Rutgers and UCLA testified before Congress on college protests and alleged antisemitism.
1 month ago
Northwestern University president Michael Schill and Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) speak during a House Education and the Workforce Committee hearing on pro-Palestinian protests on college campuses, on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 23, 2024.
1 month ago

House Education Committee holds hearing on antisemitism on college campuses

University leaders from Northwestern, Rutgers and UCLA will testify as the committee’s main witnesses.
1 month ago
VIDEO: House Education Committee holds hearing on antisemitism on college campuses
1 month ago

Biden faces silent protests at Morehouse commencement

President Joe Biden was met with silent protests as he delivered the commencement address Sunday at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.
1 month ago
President Joe Biden speaks to graduating students at the Morehouse College commencement, May 19, 2024, in Atlanta.
1 month ago

19 pro-Palestinian protesters arrested for trying to occupy UPenn building

The University of Pennsylvania said 19 protesters were arrested for trying to occupy a campus building on Friday night.
1 month ago
In this screen grab from a video, law enforcement officers and pro-Palestinian demonstrators engage in a stand off at the University of Pennsylvania, on May 17, 2024, in Philadelphia.
1 month ago

University of Chicago protestors interrupt interview

ABC News contributor Heidi Heitkamp was doing a Zoom interview with ABC News Live when protestors entered her office. She was not harmed and remains safe.
1 month ago
VIDEO: University of Chicago protestors interrupt interview
1 month ago

47 people arrested at UC Irvine after police, sheriff called in over protest

Protesters entered the Physical Sciences Lecture Hall on the UC Irvine campus on Wednesday.
1 month ago
Pro-Palestinian demonstrators stand in front of a line of police as they clear an encampment after students occupied the Physical Sciences Lecture Hall at the University of California, Irvine, in Irvine, Calif., on May 15, 2025.
1 month ago

Protesters arrested at UC Irvine

Tensions at the University of California, Irvine campus escalated as a group of several hundred pro-Palestinian protesters entered a lecture hall and surrounded the building on Wednesday.
1 month ago
VIDEO: Protesters arrested at UC Irvine
1 month ago

Israel, Gaza protests carry over into commencements

Some students at Virginia Commonwealth University and Duke University walked out of their graduation ceremonies.
1 month ago
VIDEO: Israel, Gaza protests carry over into commencements
1 month ago

Police break up demonstrations at Penn and Portland State University

Demonstrators breached the gate of the University of Pennsylvania's home amid campus protests.
1 month ago
VIDEO: Police break up demonstrations at Penn and Portland State University
1 month ago

How some colleges have de-escalated protests and negotiated with students

Colleges that successfully de-escalated student protests on campus communicated and negotiated with protesters.
1 month ago
NYPD officers in riot gear enter Columbia University's encampment as they evict a building that had been barricaded by pro-Palestinian student protesters in New York, April 30, 2024.
1 month ago

University of Arizona latest college to arrest protesters refusing to leave campus

This comes as some UCLA protesters allegedly equipped with heavy tools were prevented from occupying a building.
1 month ago
VIDEO: University of Arizona latest college to arrest protesters refusing to leave campus
1 month ago

New clashes on college campuses across the US

ABC News’ Victor Oquendo has the latest on new clashes on campuses, including arrests overnight at the University of Pennsylvania.
1 month ago
VIDEO: New clashes on college campuses across the US
1 month ago

GOP leaders praise removal of GWU encampment as protesters decry police tactics

D.C. police's early morning clash with protesters encamped on George Washington University was applauded by Republican lawmakers who pressured D.C.'s mayor for action.
1 month ago
Officers of the Metropolitan Police Department pepper spray demonstrators at George Washington University in Washington, DC, May 8, 2024.
1 month ago

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona says ‘hate has no place on college campuses’

The Education Department has asked Congress to approve a $22 million increase to the proposed budget to investigate antisemitism.
1 month ago
VIDEO: antisemitism
1 month ago

Commencement cancellations and more cops on campus

Police continue to tighten security at colleges and universities across the country as protesters try to take back encampments.
1 month ago
VIDEO: Commencement cancellations and more cops on campus
1 month ago

Police remove pro-Palestinian encampment at University of Chicago

Also, more than 100 pro-Palestinian protesters were arrested at University of California campuses Monday and Columbia University is canceling its main commencement ceremony.
1 month ago
VIDEO: Police remove Pro-Palestinian encampent at University of Chicago in Hyde Park
1 month ago

How campus protests of the past may inform pro-Palestinian student demonstrations

Demonstrations in the '70s, '80s were launched against university investments.
1 month ago
Demonstrations in the '70s, '80s were launched against university investments.
1 month ago

Columbia University cancels main commencement amid protests

ABC News’ Stephanie Ramos reports on the rising tensions on college campuses across the U.S.
1 month ago
VIDEO: Columbia University cancels main commencement amid protests
1 month ago

Columbia cancels universitywide commencement ceremony

Columbia University has canceled its universitywide commencement ceremony. Many graduating seniors missed their high school graduations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
1 month ago
VIDEO: Columbia cancels universitywide commencement ceremony
1 month ago

'Racist' actions from counterprotesters at Ole Miss prompt investigation

The University of Mississippi has opened an investigation into a student's "racist" conduct at a counterprotest surrounding a pro-Palestinian demonstration.
1 month ago
A neutral campus organizer, center, tries to direct a pro-Palestinian demonstrator away from being so close to a group of counter-protesters at the University of Mississippi, as a campus police officer, right, moves in to help, May 2, 2024, in Oxford, Miss.
1 month ago

64 people arrested at UC San Diego pro-Palestinian protests

A local student spoke with ABC News amid the weekslong unrest happening at campuses across the country.
1 month ago
VIDEO: 64 people arrested at UC San Diego pro-Palestinian protests
1 month ago

Columbia University cancels commencement following weeks of protests

Students continue to protest as graduation ceremonies get underway amid the ongoing conflict in Gaza.
1 month ago
VIDEO: Columbia University cancels commencement following weeks of protests
1 month ago

How campus protests of the past may inform pro-Palestinian student demonstrations

Pro-Palestinian student protesters are taking notes from the protests of the past nationwide, including the civil rights movement, Vietnam War protests, and more.
1 month ago
Students supporting the Columbia University sit-in and counter-demonstrating teachers and students engage in a short-lived free-for-all outside Low Library in New York, Apr. 29, 1968.
1 month ago

Campus protests disrupt college graduations

Police and protesters faced off over the weekend as Pro-Palestinian and Pro-Israeli protesters disrupted college commencement ceremonies across the nation.
1 month ago
VIDEO: Campus protests disrupt college graduations
2 months ago

Middle of the night crackdown at USC

The LAPD moved onto USC's campus to clear a Pro-Palestinian encampment.
2 months ago
Middle of the night crackdown at USC
2 months ago

'We cannot take this lightly’: Eric Adams on campus protests

ABC News’ Jonathan Karl interviews New York City Mayor Eric Adams on “This Week.”
2 months ago
VIDEO: 1-on-1 with Eric Adams
2 months ago

Biden’s response to campus protests ‘absolutely came too late’: Tom Cotton

ABC News’ Jonathan Karl interviews Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., on “This Week.”
2 months ago
VIDEO: 1-on-1 with Tom Cotton
2 months ago

Mayor Eric Adams defends NYPD response to campus protests

New York City Mayor Eric Adams on Sunday defended the police crackdown on campus protests there, which have become the epicenter of demonstrations seen around the country
2 months ago
New York City Mayor Eric Adams speaks at a press conference in New York, on May 1, 2024.
2 months ago

Tom Cotton attacks campus protests: Police should have gone in on 'very first day'

Tom Cotton on Sunday pushed for an even stronger police response to pro-Palestinian protests on college campuses across the country as arrests grow
2 months ago
Sen. Tom Cotton speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill, on May 1, 2024, in Washington, D.C.
2 months ago

Over 2,400 protesters arrested on US college campuses

ABC News’ Stephanie Ramos reports on the latest in the college campus protests sweeping across the U.S. on “This Week.”
2 months ago
VIDEO: Over 2,400 protesters arrested on US college campuses
2 months ago

Campuses hold weekend graduations following days of protests

Police ramp up security and prepare for any disruptions as college campuses hold weekend graduation ceremonies following days of protests.
2 months ago
VIDEO: Campuses hold weekend graduations following days of protests
2 months ago

University of Michigan protesters interrupt graduation ceremonies

School administrators struggle with how to respond to growing encampments on campus as protesters clash with police and other counter-protesters at colleges and universities across the U.S.
2 months ago
VIDEO: University of Michigan protesters interrupt graduation ceremonies
2 months ago

The latest on campus protests crackdowns

New York University has called on the NYPD to clear out a protest encampment.
2 months ago
VIDEO: The latest on campus protests crackdowns
2 months ago

56 people arrested at New School, NYU

New York University and The New School said they had requested police to remove students from their campuses after multiple rounds of negotiations failed.
2 months ago
VIDEO: 56 people arrested at New School, NYU
2 months ago

Police carry out complex choreography in campus protests response

Dynamic scenes of massive encampments, vocal demonstrations and building occupation have now been playing out on private and public college properties.
2 months ago
Police face-off with pro-Palestinian students after destroying part of the encampment barricade on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in Los Angeles, May 2, 2024.
2 months ago

Northwestern student journalist dissects campus controversy

Jacob Wendler, student journalist and editor-in-chief for The Daily Northwestern, joins ABC News to reflect on his coverage of campus protests at Northwestern University.
2 months ago
VIDEO: Northwestern student journalist dissects campus controversy
2 months ago

Campus protesters are demanding universities divest from Israel. What that means.

Can universities divest from Israel? Here's what such demands mean amid college campus protests against the war in Gaza.
2 months ago
Students are camping out for a second week of ongoing protests on the campus of Columbia University, in New York, on April 25, 2024.
2 months ago

Campus tensions boil over as more protests erupt

There have been 2,000 arrests across the country, and that number is still rising as universities ask police to eradicate encampments on college grounds.
2 months ago
VIDEO: Campus tensions boil over as more protests erupt
2 months ago

Columbia under investigation amid allegations of anti-Palestinian discrimination

Columbia University is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Education for alleged discriminatory treatment of Palestinian students and their allies.
2 months ago
Pro-Palestinian and pro-Israel protesters demonstrate at Columbia University on April 18, 2024.
2 months ago

Police crack down on college protest encampments across the country

The NYPD arrested dozens, most recently at NYU and The New School, after school officials asked police to disperse what they call "illegal encampments" set up by pro-Palestinian protesters.
2 months ago
VIDEO: Police crack down on college protest encampments across the country
2 months ago

Biden breaks silence on college protests

President Joe Biden said the National Guard should not intervene in the demonstrations, emphasizing that “order must prevail” as new clashes broke out overnight at Portland State University.
2 months ago
VIDEO: Biden breaks silence on college protests
2 months ago

President Joe Biden speaks out on college protests

President Biden said, "Violent protest is not protected," when he addressed the college protests from the Roosevelt Room at the White House on Thursday.
2 months ago
VIDEO: President Joe Biden speaks out on college protests
2 months ago

Over 130 arrested at UCLA protests

President Joe Biden spoke from the White House about the ongoing college protests, saying both free speech and the rule of law “must be upheld.”
2 months ago
President Joe Biden spoke from the White House about the ongoing college protests, saying both free speech and the rule of law “must be upheld.”
2 months ago

LAPD move in on protesters at UCLA

In Los Angeles, the LAPD declared a “city-wide tactical alert” overnight, moving in and breaking up encampments on the UCLA campus.
2 months ago
VIDEO: New college campus clashes grow across country
2 months ago

UCLA epicenter of unrest on university campuses across the country

ABC News' Zohreen Shah and ABC News Political Director Rick Klein report on President Biden weighing-in on college protests intensifying nationwide.
2 months ago
VIDEO: UCLA epicenter of unrest on university campuses across the country
2 months ago

'Violent protest is not protected,' Biden says of college campus unrest

President Joe Biden on Thursday spoke from the White House on college protests happening across the nation in connection with the Israel-Hamas war.
2 months ago
President Joe Biden speaks about the protests over Israel's war against Hamas in Gaza in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, May 2, 2024, in Washington.
2 months ago

What to know about 'outside agitators' cops say are co-opting Columbia protests

Protests at Columbia University and elsewhere throughout the nation have been allegedly "co-opted" by what New York City police officials described as outside agitators.
2 months ago
Pro-Palestinian supporters confront police during demonstrations at The City College Of New York (CUNY) as the NYPD cracks down on protest camps at both Columbia University and CCNY on April 30, 2024 in New York City.