Encampment prompts Wayne State University to move to remote operations

Wayne State University officials said Tuesday that the school is moving to remote operations effective immediately because the pro-Palestinian encampment poses “an ongoing public safety concern.”

The change to remote learning came after university leaders met over the weekend with pro-Palestinian protesters, who set up camp last week, and the U.S. representative. Rashida Tlaib, a Detroit Democrat, called on the university president and the Board of Governors to negotiate a settlement, while a university spokesperson said talks could not continue until the camp would not have been dismantled. University spokesperson Matt Lockwood confirmed Tuesday morning that the change to remote learning is “directly related to the encampment.”

When asked if Wayne State had any plans to clear the encampment, Lockwood said there were no immediate plans, but added, “It’s a fluid situation.”

WSU Board of Trustees President Shirley Stancato could not be reached for comment. But board Vice Chairman Bryan Barnhill II said the board received regular updates, reached consensus on how to proceed and was “confident” in how the situation would be managed by police and President Kimberly Andrews Espy.

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