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Cornell students head to court over protest, sparking campus divestment vote

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Twenty-four Cornell University students and employees, who were arrested during a protest against the university’s financial ties to companies accused of involvement in human rights abuses in Gaza, are set to appear in court on April 17. The group, facing charges from a sit-in held last month, could be jailed for up to 15 days if convicted. This marks the first arrest of protesters at Cornell in nearly two decades.


As the court date approaches, supporters plan to gather outside Ithaca City Court to show solidarity. They will display banners and distribute information about an upcoming student referendum. This referendum, scheduled for April 18-19, 2024, will allow students to vote on whether the university should cut its controversial investments.

This legal and academic uproar coincides with Cornell’s “Freedom of Expression” theme year, drawing scrutiny from the community. The upcoming vote and the protest reflect increasing demands across U.S. campuses for universities to reassess their investment strategies in light of ethical concerns.