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Columbia University requests police presence on campus until May 17


 Columbia University President Minouche Shafik Tuesday requested the presence of New York Police Department (NYPD) officers through at least May 17, two days after the university’s commencement.

The measure aims to “maintain order and ensure encampments are not reestablished,” Shafik said in a letter to the NYPD regarding the “unrest” on Columbia University’s campus.

The negotiations between university administrators and student protesters reached an impasse on Sunday, she said.

On Tuesday night, nearly 100 protesters were arrested by the NYPD, who were called in to clear Hamilton Hall occupied by protesters in the early hours on Tuesday morning.

On April 18, the NYPD arrested over 100 student protesters to clear an encampment on the Morningside campus of Columbia University.

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