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Columbia University agrees to do more to protect students in settlement with Jewish student

Columbia University reached a settlement with Jewish students on Tuesday, with the Ivy League school agreeing to take additional steps to keep students safe on campus.

The anonymous student alleged that Jewish (and other) students were driven off Columbia’s campus due to harassment and intimidation “by extremists within the Gaza war protests on campus,” the student’s lawyers said.

In the lawsuit, filed April 29, the lawyers said Columbia University’s move to “hybrid” learning meant that at-risk Jewish students on campus were kept at home and “radical protesters were allowed full use of university grounds.”

“We are pleased that we were able to find a solution that will allow us to continue to keep our campus safe, which remains our number one priority, and enable all students to succeed in their education and achieve their academic goals,” the university told Fox News in a statement.

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A Columbia University student checks damage to windows and doors at Hamilton Hall at Columbia University on April 30, 2024 in New York City. (Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

Under the agreement, Columbia must create a new point of contact for students concerned about their safety: “Safe Passage Liaisons.” The liaisons will address student safety concerns and coordinate escort requests through the existing escort program, which must remain available 24/7 through at least December 31, the agreement states.

The settlement includes other provisions, including academic accommodations for students who cannot get on campus to complete assignments or exams.

A new anti-Israel encampment formed on Columbia University’s campus Friday evening ahead of Alumni Weekend. As of Saturday, the university said the encampment included seven tents and about 25 to 60 people.

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Colombia Camp from April 2024

Student protesters camp out on the campus of Columbia University in New York City on April 30, 2024. (AP Photo/Mary Altafer, Poole, File)

Legal groups representing anti-Israel students have called on the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights to investigate how Columbia University has treated students in compliance with the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Last month, police had to be called in to remove violent agitators who had occupied buildings on campus.

This is all anti-Israel The demonstrations are intensifying U.S. universities have seen a series of protests involving anti-Semitic incidents in response to the October 7 attacks by Hamas and Israel’s retaliatory attacks on Gaza, and many universities, including Columbia University, have seen protests combined with anti-Semitic incidents that many Jewish students find disturbing.

Demonstrators gathered outside the entrance to Columbia University, where students gathered at a pro-Palestinian protest camp on campus.

As conflict between Israel and Hamas continues in New York City, protesters gather outside the university entrance as students rally at a protest camp on campus despite orders from Columbia University officials to disperse by 2 p.m. or face suspension, according to the university’s website, April 29, 2024. (Reuters/David D. Delgado)

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Columbia University was previously Responding to anti-Semitism on campus from the Anti-Defamation League in January.

Fox News’ Stephanie Price and Megan Myers and The Associated Press contributed to this report.