Shapiro tells University of Pennsylvania to ‘disband the encampment’

(The Center Square) — As university protests surrounding the Israel-Gaza war carry on, Gov. Josh Shapiro complimented Pitt but condemned Penn — and called for the Ivy League university to “disband the encampment.”

Speaking in Hempfield Township outside Pittsburgh, the governor reminded university leaders of their obligation to keep students safe, but didn’t touch on their obligation to uphold free speech on campus.

“Every university has a responsibility — both a moral responsibility and a legal responsibility — to keep their students safe and free from discrimination,” Shapiro said. “I have reminded university presidents all across Pennsylvania of that legal and moral obligation.”

The governor said some universities have handled it “quite effectively,” such as the University of Pittsburgh. He didn’t mince words for Penn, however, saying “quite franky, the situation is getting out of control.” 

The governor’s comments, during a press conference about investing in site development to attract major business
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