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Fearful Columbia students who felt ‘intimidated’ by anti-Israel protests to get ‘safety escorts’ as part of lawsuit settlement

Columbia University students fearful they have been “harassed and intimidated” by anti-Israel protests that have ravaged the university and disrupted their studies for months will be offered security escorts on campus.

The measures, part of a settlement of a lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday, mean the Ivy League school will now provide “walking escorts” on campus and appoint “safe passage liaisons” to address student concerns about the protests.

Additionally, accommodations will be made for students who were forced to evacuate due to protests and were unable to complete exams or assignments.

Columbia University students who feel “harassed or intimidated” by anti-Israel protests will be provided with safety escorts on campus. Getty Images

The suit resolves a class action lawsuit brought by a Jewish female student known as CS, who argues that forcing students to take online classes in response to the protests shows how “unsafe” the campus has become.

“This settlement sets the standard for how Columbia University should protect its students,” Columbia lawyer Jay Edelson said in a statement Tuesday.

“The next steps for the Columbia University community are just as important: We seek to revive real debate on campus.”

University spokeswoman Samantha Slater told The Post that Columbia was “pleased” with the results.

“[We] “We remain committed to our number one priority of campus safety to ensure all students are able to successfully complete their education and achieve their academic goals,” she added.

In April, the student filed a lawsuit alleging that a hostile environment on campus disrupted his education after anti-Israel protesters set up an encampment on Columbia University’s lawn.

The measures, part of a settlement of a lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court, mean the Ivy League school will now provide “walking escorts” on campus and appoint “safe passage liaisons” to address student concerns about the protests. Reuters

According to the complaint against the University Board of Trustees, Jewish students were physically attacked and targeted with pro-Hamas hate speech.

The lawsuit also accuses protesters of inciting violence against Jewish students and pro-Israel opponents on campus.

Columbia University President Minouche Shafik, in a statement at the time, acknowledged that many Jewish and other students found the atmosphere “unbearable.”

“Many students have left campus. This is tragic. I want to be clear to students and their families: you are valued parts of the Columbia community,” Shafik said in a statement.

“This is your campus too, and we are committed to making Columbia a safe place for everyone and making you feel welcome and valued.”

Additionally, consideration will be given to students who were forced to evacuate due to protests and were unable to complete exams or assignments. New York Post

The first encampment at Columbia University was raided and dispersed by the NYPD on April 30, with more than 200 protesters arrested. New protests have erupted since then, even though the university is largely closed for the summer, according to multiple local reports.

There have been three ongoing Title VI investigations by the Office of Civil Rights in Columbia since the camp was first established in April.

Title 6 of the Civil Rights Act states that universities and K-12 schools have a responsibility to provide an environment free of discrimination for all students.

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