Barnard Reaches Resolutions With “Nearly All” Suspended Students, Restores Campus Access

In an April 26th update, Barnard confirmed that it has reached “resolutions” with students placed on interim suspension and is currently working to do the same with remaining suspended Barnard students.

Barnard has reached resolutions with “nearly all” suspended students who participated in the “Gaza Solidarity Encampment” on April 17th and 18th, according to a College spokesperson. It is unclear how many of the over 50 Barnard students placed on interim suspension had such resolutions. 

“Barnard immediately restored full access to these students to residence halls, dining facilities, classrooms, and other parts of campus,” the spokesperson said.

The College says that it is “pleased” to have reached the resolutions, and is currently working to do the same with the remaining suspended students so they “can fully return to campus life.”

The College’s statement does not specify whether the suspended students’ interim suspensions were fully lifted, or if suspensions were expunged from academic records.

An April 22nd email sent to students from President Rosenbury had suggested that the college would be lifting student suspensions to those who “agree to follow all Barnard rules during a probationary period” and have not previously “engaged in misconduct.”

Barnard placed at least 53 of its students on interim suspension last week, and subsequently deactivated their student IDs, which grants access to the College’s dorms, dining halls, and classrooms. The suspended students were also given 15 minutes to retrieve their belongings from their dorms. 

Among the suspended Barnard students was Isra Hirsi, who visited the encampment on Columbia’s campus on April 25th with her mother, Representative Ilhan Omar. Hirsi told the Bulletin that Barnard offered her a “deal” regarding lifting her interim suspension, but said that the deal was “not in good faith.” Hirsi also said that although she had not used the services offered to suspended students. 

“Affected students have had uninterrupted access to College services, including healthcare, mental health counseling, and academic support,” said the spokesperson. 

The spokesperson re-affirms Barnard’s commitment to “educating and supporting students with wide-ranging backgrounds and diverse perspectives,” and to “work closely with faculty, staff and students to ensure the College remain a safe and inclusive place for our community.”