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Penn gives students mandatory leave to a Palestine camp

The University of Pennsylvania has placed six students on mandatory leave following their reported participation in a pro-Palestinian encampment on campus.

The actions against the students are part of Penn’s response to the ongoing protest on campus and are pending the results of an investigation by Penn’s Center for Community Standards and Accountability, a school spokesperson told WHYY News.

Those close to the encampment initially said the six students had been suspended. The announcement of the disciplinary measures follows the expansion of the tent camp on Wednesday, which effectively tripled its size.

A mandatory leave of absence is used in “extraordinary circumstances” for “when a student’s presence on campus is considered by the university to be a threat to the order, health, safety or carrying out of the university’s educational mission,” according to TheDaily. Pennsylvanian, Penn’s independent, student-run media organization.

The disciplined students have lost access to their PennCards, which allow them access to university facilities.