March 17, 2014
Northeastern University is a community of educators and learners that is strengthened by its diversity. The university is committed to a free and open exchange of ideas within an atmosphere of civility and mutual respect.
The undergraduate Students for Justice in Palestine organization at Northeastern has been temporarily suspended for multiple violations of university policy over an extended period of time. This decision was handed down only after a careful and thorough review of the facts, and only after repeated efforts by university officials to guide the leadership of the undergraduate SJP organization.
Separately, two students have been called to a disciplinary hearing for violating university rules related to allowing unauthorized guests in a residence hall. While these students are affiliated with the undergraduate SJP organization, the hearing concerns only the violations of these residence hall rules. It does not concern the speech or expression of these students. Contrary to some statements that have been circulated publicly, these students are not facing suspension or expulsion, for any reason.
The issue at hand is not one of free speech or the exchange of disparate ideas. In fact, as a university we have more than 50 student organizations oriented around political action, social justice and advocacy, with widely differing points of view on important societal issues. This includes a graduate student SJP based in our law school. The temporary suspension addresses solely the conduct of the undergraduate SJP organization and its repeated non-compliance with university standards and polices, which are applied equally and fairly to all student groups at Northeastern.