Officials at Western University are promising a “careful review” of a Thursday afternoon protest that saw about 40 people march into president Amit Chakma’s office and request a meeting.
Mike Roy said the protest was designed to “put pressure” on the school’s administration and ask that they reconsider a decision made earlier this year to ban himself and another Londoner from campus.
Western issued trespass notices to Roy and Anthony Verberckmoes in February after they participated in a pro-Palestinian protest at the University Community Centre.
Roy described that protest — aimed at an Israel on Campus club display — as non-confrontational, and considers the university’s response a violation of free speech. But, a Western administrator said, some members of the Israeli club felt intimidated during the incident and contacted campus police.
Thursday’s protest ended peacefully after several people left their contact information with Chakma’s staff in hopes of scheduling a meeting. Roy and Verberckmoes attended the protest.
Gitta Kulczycki, Western’s vice-president of resources and operations, said it’s too early to tell if additional action will be taken against them or others involved.