(Original article can be found via Patch.com, here)
GREENWICH VILLAGE, NY — NYU students are planning a protest on Wednesday to demand that the university declare itself a “sanctuary campus” and offer protection to undocumented students. For more Greenwich Village and West Village news, sign up for Patch’s news alerts here.
NYU is one of dozens of campuses throughout the country to enter the debate about whether to act as a sanctuary for undocumented students, in both name and practice. In practice, NYU president Andrew Hamilton has promised that the university will refrain from voluntarily cooperating with federal authorities, as all sanctuary campuses do, although Hamilton has stopped short of using the exact phrase to define the school.
In a letter to the University last year, Hamilton said that campus police will not ask about the immigration status of students and that the school will not permit federal officials to gather information on campus absent a court order. Patch has contacted an NYU spokesperson for additional information about the school’s policy and we’ll update this post if we hear back.
On Wednesday at 3 p.m., students are planning to meet outside the school’s Kimmel Center for University Life, 60 Washington Square S, and to march to a nearby building where Hamilton is scheduled to host a town hall, according to the event’s organizers.
“Join us on the Kimmel stairs as we rally in support of our most vulnerable community members and spread awareness about President Hamilton’s deliberate choice to not declare NYU as a Sanctuary Campus,” organizers wrote on the event’s Facebook page.
NYU student activists have taken to the streets multiple times since Donald Trump’s election, in particular criticizing the school for Trump advisor John Paulson’s place as a university trustee. The billionaire hedge fund manager was one of the first Wall Street tycoons to back Trump during the campaign and quickly became a policy advisor to Trump. Paulson is a graduate of NYU’s business school and trustee. Paulson, the head of Paulson & Co., gave $20 million to his alma mater in 2009, earning him an auditorium and lobby named after him in Tisch Hall.
In an open letter to Hamilton published earlier in February, activists with the Student Labor Action Movement called for student representatives on the university’s board and criticized Paulson’s place there.
“It’s difficult to not draw a connection between NYU’s refusal to become a sanctuary campus and the presence of John Paulson, one of President Donald Trump’s top economic advisors, on our board,” they wrote.