The New York State Court of Appeals ruled on Tuesday that Fordham University was within its rights to deny Students for Justice in Palestine status as a student club on campus. This is part of an extended legal battle between SJP and the university.
Justice Nancy Bannon of the 1st Judicial District Supreme Court in New York ruled that there was no standing to bring the case against Fordham.
“Even if we had found that standing exists and therefore had considered the merits of the petition, we would have concluded that the petition should not have been granted,” she wrote.
Bannon also wrote that Fordham followed its approval procedure and acted “in the exercise of its honest discretion.”
She added that the university’s “conclusion that the proposed club, which would have been affiliated with a national organization reported to have engaged in disruptive and coercive actions on other campuses, would work against, rather than enhance, respondent’s commitment open dialogue and mutual learning and understanding, was not ‘without sound basis in reason’ or ‘taken without regard to the facts.’ ”
In 2016, Fordham refused to recognize an SJP chapter on its campus as a university-approved club.
Three years later, in response to a lawsuit filed in 2017, Bannon ruled that the university must recognize the SJP chapter as a university-approved club.
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