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Case Western’s SJP chapter suspended for using glue when posting fliers

More than a dozen members of the group had attached items onto the school’s “Spirit Wall.”

Haydn Hall on the campus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
Haydn Hall on the campus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Anti-Israel student activists in Cleveland have stumbled into a sticky situation.

The Students for Justice in Palestine chapter at Case Western Reserve University announced on that it had received a notice of “interim loss of recognition,” according to a Feb. 26 letter.

The alleged infraction that administrators singled out in their decision was the claim that beginning on Feb. 13, more than a dozen members of the group had glued fliers onto the school’s “Spirit Wall,” a violation of posting policy.

The school’s office of student conduct demanded that the SJP members provide a list of the 15 people who posted the fliers and a full list of everyone in the club. Failure to comply would qualify as, according to the letter, “an additional code of conduct violation.”

SJP responded to the suspension, writing that “the relationship between CWRU administration and its students is forever tainted.” The group says that it did not receive a warning or any opportunity to “provide any defense to the allegation.”

The chapter stated: “This allegation by CWRU demonstrates that students who support Palestinian voices are guilty until proven innocent.”

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