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ASU PD continues investigation on rock-throwing incident

SJP at ASU said an administrator cleared the organization from wrongdoing, but an ASU spokesperson said the incident is still the subject of an ASU PD investigation


An attendee of the USG meeting looks at the impact mark left by a rock that had been thrown at the window by a member of the crowd from outside the Memorial Union on the Tempe campus on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023.

According to an Instagram statement from SJP on Jan. 25, the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities cleared Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) on Thursday of rock-throwing allegations from the Nov. 14 Undergraduate Student Government (USG) meeting.

However, according to a spokesperson, ASU PD is still investigating the incident.

Members of SJP had assembled outside of the Memorial Union to support Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions legislation during a USG Tempe Senate meeting, which was abruptly adjourned after rocks were thrown at the windows from outside.

READ MORE: USG adjourns meeting early over physical and verbal disruptions outside

According to its website, the Student Rights and Responsibilities Office investigates allegations of student misconduct and determines whether a violation of the Student Code of Conduct has occurred.

SJP's Instagram statement stated that the office conducted a "frame-by-frame analysis" of the footage taken in January. It concluded that "no student organization, including SJP, was responsible for throwing the rocks."

"It should have been obvious to our critics that SJP would never support or advocate for our cause using violence, including throwing rocks," SJP said in the statement. "Students wanted to peacefully deliver the important message of support for BDS."

The President of SJP at ASU, Finn Howe, said he is guessing the ASU PD's investigation is separate.

The statement also addressed the cancellation of the School for Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership's 2024 study abroad programs to Israel a few weeks ago, a move that SJP said it “applauds."

Lindsey Williams, the program manager for ASU's Global Education office, said in an email, "There was (a) rationale for canceling it due to the war currently going on."

The program focused on allowing students “to listen and learn from Israelis and Palestinians of divergent views and narratives on religious, cultural, historical, and political issues” at various locations, according to the description on the SCETL website.

ASU PD's investigation is still ongoing, and it is unsure when their findings will be presented.

Edited by Sadie Buggle, Walker Smith and Caera Learmonth.

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