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Petition calls for GW apology on Palestinian flag removal

A student group started a petition this week asking GW to apologize for “selectively disciplining” a student for hanging a Palestinian flag outside his residence hall window.

The petition, started by Students for Justice in Palestine at GWU, has earned more than 1,200 signatures since Monday. Students started the petition after a student said he was forced to remove a Palestinian flag that was hanging outside his Shenkman Hall room in October.

The University also sent a letter to the student, warning that he could face disciplinary action in the future if he is the subject of another police report.

The Palestinian advocacy student group said in the petition that other students hang flags out of residence hall windows without facing disciplinary actions.

“In this moment of rising Islamophobia in the United States, it is contradictory that a university that advertises inclusivity and diversity would act like this,” the petition reads.

The University released a statement Monday clarifying that students are not allowed to hang flags or any other items from their residence hall windows. The statement was updated Wednesday, saying that members of the GW’s Division of Student Affairs met with the student and that the University has been “responsive” to the concerns, but cannot release any more information because of federal privacy laws.

“GW has responded to the student and Palestine Legal correspondence, and we believe we have addressed the concerns that were raised,” the statement reads.

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