Statement on disruption of library and academic spaces

Earlier today, a group of students disrupted university business by holding a demonstration inside library and academic spaces. Cornell University Police were called to the site and worked to quickly remove the students and to gather identification from students to refer for disciplinary action. While Cornell values and protects students’ right to free expression, including the right to protest, those protests must comply with our time, place, and manner guidelines to ensure the ability of our faculty and students to teach and learn without disruption.

The initial library space was cleared in a little over 10 minutes, but the students then went on to other libraries, where again the police were called to intervene. Identified students have been referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards for disciplinary action.

Disruptions of this type are not permissible. The university must and will continue to take action when activity is in violation of our policies.

Joel M. Malina
Vice President for University Relations