Columbia University "making important progress" in talks with pro-Palestinian protesters

Columbia University will continue to hold talks with pro-Palestinian protesters after extending the deadline to dismantle their encampment on the school's main lawn in Manhattan. 

Columbia University  

University President Dr. Minouche Shafik issued a statement Tuesday saying she and other school leaders were speaking with students to reach an agreement. 

University President 

A university spokesperson confirmed overnight the conversations will continue for the next 48 hours. 

University spokesperson  

If the dialogue is unsuccessful, the school will consider alternative options for clearing out the lawn and restoring calm on campus so students can complete the rest of their semester.  

Restoring calm on campus    

Chopper 2 flew over the school early Wednesday morning, and dozens of tents remained in place. Over the course of the eight-day protest, demonstrators have continued to demand Columbia divest from Israel. 

Chopper 2    

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams applauded the security efforts on campus Tuesday, but said students who are peacefully protesting are not the problem. 

Gov. Kathy Hochul  

"We can't have outside agitators come in and be disruptive to our city," Adams said in a briefing. 

Adams said in a briefing. 

"I understand how important this is. Young people, in particular, are energized in their beliefs. But we have to have a respectful discourse," said Hochul. "This has gone too far." 

Hochul said 

Overnight, NYPD officers in riot gear cleared out a group of about 100 protesters just outside campus. They were chanting, waving flags and holding signs in solidarity with students.  

100 protesters 

House Speaker Mike Johnson is expected to visit the university Wednesday to meet with Jewish students and hold a press conference about antisemitism on college campuses.  

Mike Johnson