Johns Hopkins University, Pro-Hamas Protesters Reach Agreement To End Homewood Campus Encampment (Read the Agreement)

Posted on 05/12/24 | News Source: JHU/HUB

Baltimore, MD - May 12, 2024  Johns Hopkins University and student protesters reached an agreement on the dismantling and conclusion of the protest-related encampment on the Beach at the Homewood campus. Effective immediately, protesters have agreed to take down the encampment on Sunday, May 12, and not to restart it. Non-university affiliates taking part in the encampment are directed to vacate the premises.

Since the protest began April 29, the university has sought a peaceful resolution to the presence of the encampment, which violates university policies designed to protect freedom of expression and ensure campus safety.

Under the agreement, the university promised a timely review of the protesters' key question of divestment, using the university's existing process. The university also committed to conclude student conduct proceedings arising out of the encampment, provided the protesters agree not to engage in further disruptions of university activities, including Commencement. Conduct proceedings will continue for any allegations involving violence, assault, property damage, discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or threats.

"Bringing this situation to a peaceful resolution has been an urgent priority for us since it began almost two weeks ago. Hopkins is deeply committed to free expression, but it has to be done safely and in a manner that respects university rules and norms. We are grateful to the many members of our community—faculty, staff, and students—who helped us navigate this moment," JHU President Ron Daniels said. "This is a truly difficult time in our world and at our university, with the anguish of the ongoing conflict and human tragedy in Israel and Gaza. It is my fervent hope that at Hopkins, we can together continue our focus on the important work of a university—to engage in dialogue and learning with one another regarding challenging and complex issues such as these."