The student government at Chicago’s Loyola University passed an Israel divestment resolution for a second time, while a similar resolution was defeated at the University of Michigan.
The Loyola United Student Government Association, in a revote from a week ago, passed the measure by 12-10 with nine abstentions on March 25. The resolution, which was proposed by the Loyola chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine, calls on the university to remove its holdings from eight companies that provide equipment to Israel for use in the West Bank.
On March 19 the association voted 26-0, with two abstentions, to pass the resolution.
Student government president Pedro Guerrero can veto the resolution, but the student senate can override the veto with a two-thirds majority vote. If the approval remains in place, the resolution becomes the official position of the student body and is presented to the administration.
In a statement issued last week, the university said the resolution is not its position and it has not adopted the proposal.
Pro-Israel students have been assisted in their efforts to overturn the measure by the Metro Chicago Hillel and the Israel Education Center. The students reportedly may challenge the vote on procedural grounds since nine of the student senators who voted on the proposal also are members of Students for Justice in Palestine. They believe the senators should have recused themselves in keeping with the student honor code.
Also March 25, the Central Student Government of the University of Michigan voted down a divestment resolution.
The vote, in front of hundreds of students, was 25-9 with five abstentions, the Michigan Daily reported.
More than 2,000 students watched a live stream of the six-hour meeting, according to the student newspaper. — jta