UGA professors want protesting students’ suspensions lifted

ATHENS — A group of University of Georgia professors has called on the university to immediately lift the suspensions of students who were arrested Monday in a campus protest.

A letter signed by more than 180 faculty members was submitted to the administration on Friday says UGA had the right to bring in the police and enforce campus free speech policies.

But the letter calls the suspensions “unwarranted and antithetical to our educational mission,” according to a copy seen by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Nine students were among 16 people arrested for criminal trespass by UGA police on Monday during a protest against Israel’s war in Gaza. All have been suspended from UGA, according to some of the students.

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Protesters in zip ties wait to be taken away in police vans after demonstrations Monday on the University of Georgia campus in Athens against Israel's war in Gaza. (Fletcher Page/The Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS)

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