Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Elise Stefanik led a letter to Columbia University President Dr. Minouche Shafik urging her to resign for failing to put an end to an unsanctioned mob of students and agitators involved in documented incidents of despicable antisemitic harassment and calls for violence and terrorism against Jewish students on Columbia’s campus. 

In the letter, the lawmakers state, “Over the past few days, anarchy has engulfed the campus of Columbia University. As the leader of this institution, one of your chief objectives, morally and under law, is to ensure students have a safe learning environment. By every measure, you have failed this obligation. The situation unfolding on campus right now is a direct product of your policies and misguided decisions. As Representatives from the State of New York, many of our constituents are directly impacted by the unfolding chaos on Columbia’s campus. Based on these recent events and your testimony in front of Congress, we have no confidence in your leadership of this once esteemed institution.”

The lawmakers continued, “The ongoing situation that has unfolded is a direct symptom of your continued lax enforcement of policy and clear double standards. Your failure to enforce the rules on campus has created an environment in which students and outside agitators know they are able to operate with impunity and without any accountability. While the rot is systemic, the responsibility rests squarely on your shoulders. It is time for Columbia University to turn the page on this shameful chapter. This can only be done through the restoration of order and your prompt resignation.”

Rep. Stefanik was joined by Reps. Tenney, Lawler, Malliotakis, Langworthy, D’Esposito, Williams, LaLota, Garbarino, and Molinaro.

Find the full letter here.