Case Western Reserve University will not hold classes, summer camps or other activities on its campus, which is located in Cleveland, during next week's Republican National Convention, reported Cleveland.com. The university made the decision to shut down most of its activities after hearing concerns from students and faculty members about its decision to house 1,700 police officers and 200 members of the Ohio National Guard during the convention. Some students had asked Case Western to require that the officers store their weapons off campus and to provide alternative housing for students who were uncomfortable with the police presence, according to the news outlet. (Note: This item has been updated from an earlier version to clarify that some university activities will continue.)
In an email to campus, Barbara Snyder, Case Western's president, said the university made the decision to host the police officers at the request of the city and that city police had helped the campus police department when needed.
Snyder wrote that "in answering the city's convention request, we failed to give adequate consideration to the impact the decision would have on members of our community -- in particular students staying in residence halls near the buildings housing the officers."
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