Columbia Investigating Students Who Protested Far-Right Speaker on Campus

Jackson Chen, DNAinfo, October 19, 2017

Nearly 20 Columbia University students face disciplinary investigations after protesting a Republican club’s speaker event last week.

A large group of student protesters had chanted over far-right English activist Tommy Robinson’s remarks at a Columbia University College Republican’s event at Lerner Hall on Oct. 10, repeatedly challenging his stances on immigration and eventually prompting him to cut his talk short.

Three days later, university administrator Suzanne Goldberg emailed several of the student protesters to say she was investigating a complaint about their “involvement in an interruption of a guest speaker at Columbia” and was beginning a disciplinary investigation.

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One of the protest’s organizers, Aryn Davis, was taken aback by Goldberg’s email, she said.

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Davis is looking into obtaining legal representation for the upcoming meeting with Goldberg that is still being scheduled, the student said.

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According to the Spectator, no protesters attended Herman Cain’s speech on campus Tuesday night, which was also part of the Republican Club’s speaker series.

Davis said protesters still intend to demonstrate at the next event in the series on Oct. 30, featuring alt-right media personality Mike Cernovich.

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