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UB statement on the impact of the Israel-Hamas war and calls for divestment

Editor’s note: The Spectrum received this statement from a UB spokesperson Thursday afternoon. We have reprinted it in full here. The headline and all hyperlinks were included in the original statement.

The University at Buffalo is heartbroken by the tragic loss of life and immeasurable human suffering witnessed by the world amid the crisis in the Middle East. We continue to hope for a peaceful resolution to the war that would end the loss of innocent lives in the region, ensure the safe release of hostages, and bring solace to people and families tragically impacted.

As the UB community responds to the turmoil in the Middle East, it is important to reiterate that the university is committed always to ensuring a welcoming, inclusive, respectful and safe environment where all students, faculty, staff and visitors are free to discuss issues related to the war without fear of violence, harassment or intimidation. Again, we state in the strongest possible manner that UB condemns and stands firmly against Islamophobia, antisemitism, and discrimination of any form. Whenever any member of the UB community – students, faculty or staff – is threatened or targeted, the university will take immediate action to address discriminatory behavior or harassment, eliminate any hostile environment and its effects, and prevent bias-related harassment from recurring. 

UB’s Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is available to assist any member of the university community who feels they may be impacted by discriminatory actions. In addition, the Intercultural Diversity CenterDean of Students Office and Office of Inclusive Excellence have been meeting regularly with individual students and student groups and will continue to be available to any students who need support. 

The university is deeply cognizant of the many ways in which the unimaginable loss of life and immense scale of human suffering have raised very important and complex issues. Grappling with these issues brings forward differing opinions, perspectives and impacts among the UB community. 

The University at Buffalo Foundation (UBF) is an independent organization that helps to support UB’s mission. In supporting UB’s mission, UBF exceeds the standards of transparency and accountability required by New York State and federal law. The foundation is not currently contemplating divestment.

The university recognizes and respects students’ right to protest. In accordance with SUNY’s policy on maintenance of public order, it is our expectation that protests occur lawfully in public spaces, and will not disrupt or prevent the orderly conduct of classes, lecture and meetings. SUNY’s policy is available online.

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