Georgetown Students Petition for School to be ‘Sanctuary Campus’ for Protesters

“to assert and protect the inherent rights of its members [students] and the community”

The petition also calls for the campus to be closed to police and other security forces.

Campus Reform reports:

Georgetown students want ‘sanctuary campus’ for protesters, but not police

Georgetown University students created a petition demanding that the school become a sanctuary campus for protesters.

The GUSA and The Corp, a student group made “to assert and protect the inherent rights of its members [students] and the community,” joined together to “urge the university to establish Georgetown’s main and downtown campuses as sanctuary spaces.” These areas would be “open to protestors and closed to external police or security forces.”

Georgetown allowed protesters on its campus “in the aftermath of the May Day protests of 1971.” The petition states that Washington, D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department “stormed campus without the written consent of the university” and protesters were “inundated with tear gas and driven onto our grounds.” These events left students with “eroded trust” of the “university’s leadership and their willingness to allow MPD on campus.”

The petition came in response to recent demands that Georgetown “cease all relationships with any police department.” The university would have to “end all contracts and relationships with police departments” to show its commitment in “the fight against racism and hatred.”

It gained further support at a Georgetown University Student Association Senate meeting. The senate unanimously passed a resolution that Georgetown adhere to the demands in the petition. A sanctuary campus is needed, the resolution states, because “students of color, feel uncomfortable and unsafe” around police forces, and they often have a “fear of retaliation or intimidation.”

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