Commentary: Fordham’s Students for Justice in Palestine group should be celebrating its sixth anniversary. Instead, it’s still fighting to be recognized.

Jordan Howell
Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

Excerpt: We are approaching what should be the six-year anniversary of the founding of Students for Justice in Palestine at Fordham University. But rather than celebrating, students at Fordham are conducting a letter-writing campaign in the latest effort to get the student group reinstated after last year’s disappointing court ruling that allowed the university to violate its own promises and policies regarding free speech and once again deny SJP recognition based on its viewpoint, which administrators claimed would lead to “polarization” on campus.

A quick recap: On Nov. 19, 2015, students submitted an application to form a chapter of SJP at Fordham. Almost exactly one year later on Nov. 17, 2016, the application was approved by the student government. However, that decision was overturned by a Fordham dean, in direct contravention of the school’s policies and promises. FIRE urges Fordham, for once and for all, to end this campaign of censorship.