Statement on disruption in Klarman Hall

We are disappointed that again today there was a disruptive protest held using amplified sound in Klarman Hall, in violation of our policies. Although the protestors were only there for a very short period of time before they dispersed, this type of disruption will not be tolerated at Cornell. Participants were referred for disciplinary action and violators will be sanctioned. Repeat violators will be subject to increasingly severe sanctions.

While Cornell values the right to free expression, including the right to protest, we cannot and will not tolerate disruptions to the work of our university. Our students and faculty must be able to teach and to learn.

The university will continue to take disciplinary action when activity is in violation of our policies.

Joel M. Malina
Vice President for University Relations