Columbia University officials have ordered classes to be held virtually as they seek to de-escalate tensions on the New York City campus during pro-Palestinian demonstrations.

Columbia President Nemat “Minouche” Shafik stated this in a note addressed to the school community. She said faculty and staff should work remotely when possible and students who do not live on campus should stay away.

More than 100 pro-Palestinian protesters were arrested on Thursday on the campus after Shafik authorised New York police to clear an encampment set up by students demonstrating against Israel’s war on Gaza.

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