University leaders share message on pro-Palestinian protest on Homewood campus

Johns Hopkins University President Ron Daniels, Provost Ray Jayawardhana describe a 'peaceful and productive resolution' to support the students' continuing protest

A small group of people, plus a few tarps and umbrellas, are seen on a large green expanse; multistory brick buildings are visible in the background

Image caption: Pro-Palestinian protesters gather on the Beach at the university's Homewood campus Tuesday morning. Protest leaders and university leaders reached an agreement early Tuesday to support the continuing protest while ensuring safety and minimizing disruption to university activities.

Credit: Will Kirk / Johns Hopkins University

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Johns Hopkins University President Ron Daniels and Provost Ray Jayawardhana sent a message to the Hopkins community today regarding a pro-Palestinian protest initiated at the Homewood campus yesterday afternoon.

Their complete message is below:

Dear Johns Hopkins Community,

We are writing to update you on the status of a pro-Palestinian protest initiated at the Homewood campus yesterday afternoon involving approximately 100 affiliated and non-affiliated individuals. The protesters arranged for the delivery of tents, sound equipment and other materials that would establish an encampment.

Late last night, together with Vice President for Public Safety Branville Bard and Vice Provost for Student Affairs Rachelle Hernandez, we met for several hours with the representatives of the organizers of the protest. We conveyed our concerns over the health, safety, and welfare of students involved in the protest, as well as others in our community. We also emphasized the various ways in which our students can protest on our campus but without creating structures and in a manner that fully complies with our policies, guidelines, and codes of conduct, including the prohibition of any form of intimidation, harassment, or threat.

Our conversations were frank and constructive, and we are pleased to report that we reached an agreement early this morning to support the students' continuing protest. Our students agreed to dismantle the tents and other structures they set up and to refrain from assembling on the campus overnight between 8 p.m. and 10 a.m. This will ensure our students' safety and reduce the level of disruption to the university, particularly as we head into final exams and commencement ceremonies. We, in turn, agreed to support our students' ability to return to a designated area on the Beach each day to continue their daytime protest activities as is permissible under university policy.

Following the conclusion of our discussions, the students dismantled the tents and left the Beach.

We are immensely relieved at this peaceful and productive resolution, and express our profound appreciation to those who helped reach this agreement.


Ron Daniels President

Ray Jayawardhana Provost