UB statement regarding today’s protest

Release Date: May 3, 2024


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo is aware of the protest planned today by the UB chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine and outside groups on UB’s North Campus.

UB officials have proactively reached out to UB student protest leaders to reiterate that the university recognizes and respects students’ right to protest. However, officials made clear that the university’s rules and policies must be adhered to at all times regarding on-campus demonstrations, and the prohibition against occupation of buildings, overnight assemblies and encampments. Protests must not disrupt university operations or activities including classes, events, meetings and lectures.

The university has received assurances from student protest leaders that their protest is intended to be peaceful and follow UB and SUNY rules and policies. If any student is believed to have violated these rules and policies, they will be subject to an on-campus judiciary process to address alleged violations of UB’s Student Code of Conduct.

As with previous protests and large events, police officers will be present to ensure safety, as well as maintain public order and university operations.

Note to members of the media: University Police will designate an area, outside of Capen Hall, for news media who are covering the protest, and they may provide additional instruction to news media during the protest.

UB remains committed to ensuring a welcoming, inclusive, respectful and safe environment where all students, faculty, staff and visitors are free to discuss issues without fear of violence, harassment or intimidation. Again, we state in the strongest possible manner that UB condemns and stands firmly against antisemitism, Islamophobia and discrimination of any form.

Media Contact Information

Media Relations (University Communications)
330 Crofts Hall (North Campus)
Buffalo, NY 14260-7015
Tel: 716-645-6969