Scorecard of Israel Divestment Initiatives on U.S. Campuses
2003-2016

ORGANIZED BY DATE

Updated: 9/5/16

 

 


OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOODivestment Resolutions Passed: 45


OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOODivestment Resolutions Failed: 46


OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTotal Divestment Resolutions: 92


OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOIndividual Campuses with Divestment Vote Activity: 48


OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUniversity Systems with Divestment Resolution Activity: 3


  1. June 21, 2016
    New York University – Graduate Student Union:
    FAILED – The parent union of the Graduate Student Union at NYU repealed the BDS resolution that passed on 4/22/16, by approving an appeal. This resolution had passed with a 2/3 vote, calling on the United Auto Workers to divest from Israeli companies, and for the boycott to remain in place until Israel “respects the right of return of Palestinian refugees and exiles.” It further called on NYU to close its program at Tel Aviv University. The UAW decision to approve the appeal stated that no subordinate body of the parent union can endorse BDS, thus affecting not just NYU but also graduate student unions at over 15 universities, including other unions in the United States who have also passed similar pro-BDS resolutions.
  2. June 6, 2016
    Portland State University – Associated Students:
    FAILED – Associated Students of Portland State University – tables a divestment resolution until the fall term with a vote of 21-0-2.
  3. May 31, 2016
    Evergreen State College – Student Body:
    PASSED – In a student-wide vote, students voted to endorse two anti-Israel resolutions, the first to condemn the presence of Caterpillar equipment on campus and the second to de-shelve Sabra hummus. 67.4% of participating students voted for the Caterpillar resolution while 73.9% voted for de-shelving Sabra.
  4. May 19, 2016
    University of Wisconsin, Madison – Graduate Student Union:
    PASSED – During a two-week vote distributed to all union members, the Teaching Assistants’ Association (TAA/AFT Local 3220) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the oldest graduate student labor union in the United States representing over 9,000 graduate workers and students, voted (with 81% of voting members) in favor of adopting a resolution to divest from Israel. The resolution also called on the TAA’s employer, the University of Wisconsin System, and parent international, the AFLCIO, to divest from the state of Israel.
  5. April 28, 2016
    Vassar College – Student Body:
    FAILED – Vassar student body voted on two anti-Israel referenda sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace. The BDS resolution was rejected with 573 against, 503 for. The spending resolution was defeated with 601 against, 475 for.
  6. April 17, 2016
    City University of New York (CUNY) System – Doctoral Student Council:
    PASSED – A resolution supporting an academic boycott of Israel by a vote of 42-19 with 9 abstentions. The council represents nearly 5,000 graduate students.
  7. April 15, 2016
    University of Massachusetts Amherst – The Graduate Employee Organization (GEO-UAW):
    PASSED – United Automobile Workers discussed and passed a divestment resolution with a vote of 156 – 8. According to an article, they also voted down a resolution condemning antisemitism and antisemitic forms of anti-Zionism, as well as, “voted not to vote on a measure calling for the recognition of the Jewish right to self-determination insofar as any people have a right to self-determination and for Israel’s right to exist insofar as any state or nation has a right to exist.”
  8. April 12, 2016
    University of Chicago – Student Government:
    PASSED – College Council voted to pass UofC Divest’s Resolution to Divest University Funds from Apartheid with a vote of 8 – 4 – 3.
  9. April 12, 2016
    University of Minnesota – Student Government:
    FAILED – After amending to make it a socially responsible bill, where the vote to amend was approved 37-30-7, the final resolution was modified to not target Israel and then passed 45-16-7.
  10. April 11, 2016
    University of Michigan – Dearborn – Faculty Senate:
    FAILED – Two anti-Israel resolutions were voted down. One, an academic boycott resolution, was defeated 31-6-1. The second resolution was a divestment resolution and was voted down 32-5.
  11. April 4, 2016
    Rutgers University – Newark – Student Governing Association:
    PASSED – Student Governing Association discussed and passed a BDS resolution, 10-0 with 5 abstentions.
  12. April 2, 2016
    University of Indianapolis – The Student Senate:
    PASSED – Divestment resolution passed on Saturday. The resolution passed with 49 votes for, 12 against, and 11 abstentions.
  13. March 23, 2016
    Ohio State University – Student Government:
    FAILED – The university’s student government voted against a motion to support BDS on Wednesday, with nine in favor, 21 opposed and 15 abstaining.
  14. March 8, 2016
    University of Minnesota – Student Government:
    FAILED – Student Government strikes down a BDS resolution with a vote of 34-31-11
  15. March 6, 2016
    Vassar College – Student Association:
    PASSED – Vassar Student Association (VSA) passed the BDS resolution by a vote of 15 in favor and 7 opposed. The organization did not pass the concurrently submitted BDS amendment, which would have amended the student association bylaws to prohibit the use of student funds to purchase goods from Israeli companies or companies that support Israel. This amendment needed a 2/3 majority but failed by a vote of 12 in favor to 10 opposed.
  16. February 28, 2016
    Northeastern University – Student Government:
    FAILED – The Executive Board of the Student Government Association voted for the second year in a row against a BDS resolution, with 4 opposed, 0 in favor and 2 abstentions.
  17. February 27, 2016
    University of Indianapolis – Student Government:
    FAILED – The Student Senate rejected the BDS measure. The measure required 41 votes to pass. Of the 62 student senators in attendance, 39 voted in favor, 3 against and 20 abstained.
  18. February 15, 2016
    University of Illinois at Chicago – Student Government:
    PASSED – Divestment resolution passed 14 – 0, after being watered down to become a universal statement of principles, not a condemnation of Israel specifically
  19. February 12, 2016
    University of Washington – Student Workers Union:
    PASSED – UAW Local 4121 unanimously passed a resolution to express solidarity with UC Student works, UAW Local 2856, who had voted to support BDS. The resolution urged the UAW International to reverse its initial ruling against UAW Local 2865’ BDS resolution.
  20. February 4, 2016
    University of South Florida – Student Government Senate:
    PASSED – Divestment resolution passed (with a vote of 32-15) under a different categorization, which does not require the signatures of the executive branch leaders.
  21. January 26, 2016
    University of South Florida – Student Body:
    FAILED – Student Body President Andy Rodriguez and Student Body Vice President Michael Malanga vetoed the resolution passed on 1/20/16, in a memo by the SG Senate,with votes 32 – 12 – 4.
  22. December 16, 2015
    University of California System – Student Workers Union:
    FAILED – United Auto Workers (UAW) International Union granted an appeal filed by a member of the University of California student group Informed Grads, striking down a Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) resolution adopted by UAW Local 2865 in December 2014. UAW 2865 represents graduate student workers at all of the University of California campuses. UAW International, the body that oversees all UAW locals in the United States, denied the local organization the right to adopt a BDS measure.
  23. November 18, 2015
    San Jose State University – Associated Students of SJ State:
    PASSED – Divestment resolution passed 10 – 5.
  24. November 17, 2015
    UC Santa Cruz – UCSC Senate:
    PASSED – In a 28 – 5 vote with seven abstentions, the student senate reversed a veto on appeal, thus reinstating the original passed divestment resolution.
  25. May 29, 2015
    UC Davis – UC Davis Senate:
    PASSED – Resolution passed with 10 in favor, 0 opposed, 2 abstentions
  26. May 15, 2015
    Princeton University – Graduate Student Vote:
    PASSED – 56.3% yes, 39.3% no, 4.5% abstain
  27. May 6, 2015
    Bowdoin College – Student Government, Campus Wide Vote:
    FAILED – 71% vote no, 14% vote yes, 15% abstain
  28. May 3, 2015
    California Community Colleges System – General Assembly of the Student Senate of California Community Colleges:
    FAILED – 25 in favor, 44 opposed, and 6 abstentions
  29. May 1, 2015
    Ogelthorpe University – Student Government:
    PASSED – Resolution passed with near complete unanimity
  30. April 28, 2015
    University of Toledo – Campus-Wide Referendum:
    FAILED – threshold for approval not met (67% needed, 57.13% garnered)
  31. April 27, 2015
    Marquette University – Student Government:
    PASSED – After removing all references to Israel (so the bill becomes a socially responsible investment bill not a divestment from Israel bill), the bill passed 25 – 3 – 0
  32. April 26, 2015
    UC Merced – Student Government:
    PASSED – Student Government passed divestment resolution.
  33. April 24, 2015
    University of New Mexico – Student Government:
    FAILED – Divestment resolution failed with a 14 – 4 – 2 vote
  34. April 24, 2015
    Princeton University – Student Government, Undergraduate Student Body Vote:
    FAILED – Did not pass, with 52.5 percent of students voting against divestment and 47.5 percent voting in favor
  35. April 22, 2015
    Earlham College – Student Government Senate:
    PASSED – Divestment resolution passed using a consensus vote
  36. April 22, 2015
    University of Texas, Austin – Student Government:
    FAILED – Divestment resolution failed with a 23 – 11 – 1 vote
  37. April 16, 2015
    UC Santa Barbara – Student Government:
    FAILED – Divestment resolution failed 13 – 12 – 1
  38. April 10, 2015
    San Diego State University – Student Government,
    Student Body Vote (not Senator voting):
    FAILED – Needed 2/3 majority to pass. 52.97% vote for, 47.03% vote against
  39. March 31, 2015
    University of Michigan – Ann Arbor – Student Government:
    FAILED – Divestment resolution failed 29 – 15 – 1
  40. March 24, 2015
    Loyola University Chicago – Student Government:
    PASSED – Resolution passed – 16 – 15 – 2. This was the third attempt – divestment passed twice before and was vetoed both times by Student President, who did not veto this vote
  41. March 16, 2015
    Northeastern University – Student Government:
    FAILED – Student Government Association votes down divestment measure, with 25 senators opposed, 9 in favor, and 14 abstaining.
  42. March 13, 2015
    Ohio State University – Student Government:
    FAILED – A divestment petition which garnered signatures in order for there to be a divestment referendum failed due to a technicality.
  43. March 4, 2015
    University of Toledo – Student Government:
    PASSED – Student Government reverses the previous decision on 2/17/15 to reject the resolution because it was “one-sided” and unconstitutional, and passes divestment resolution with a vote of 21 – 4
  44. February 19, 2015
    UC Davis – Student Government:
    FAILED – The divestment resolution passed on 1/29/16 by the ASUCD with a vote of 8 – 2 – 2, was overturned by the university’s Court of Associated Students with a vote of 5 – 0. The court found the divestment resolution “to be PRIMARILY a political document and did not deal with student welfare to the extent that allowed the ASUCD Senate jurisdiction to pass.”
  45. February 18, 2015
    Northwestern University – Student Government:
    PASSED – Divestment resolution narrowly passed 24 – 22
  46. February 17, 2015
    Stanford University – Student Government:
    PASSED – The previous divestment resolution, having failed with a vote of 9 – 5 – 1 on 2/10/15, was re-visited after two senators called for a re-vote and changed their votes. A modified divestment resolution was passed 10 – 1 – 4
  47. February 8, 2015
    University of California System – Student Government (Representing all 9 UC campuses):
    PASSED – Divestment resolution passed 9 – 1 – 6
  48. February 4, 2015
    UC Merced – Student Government:
    FAILED – Student Government votes against divestment
  49. December 4, 2014
    University of California System – Student-Workers Union:
    PASSED – The UC Student-Workers Union Local 2865 voted 65% in favor to boycott Israel
  50. November 1, 2014
    UC Los Angeles – Student Government:
    PASSED – Divestment resolution passed 8 – 2 – 2
  51. October 24, 2014
    City University of New York (CUNY) System – Doctoral Council:
    FAILED – (Failed to reach required votes)
  52. August 3, 2014
    Florida Atlantic University – Student Government:
    FAILED – Resolution defeated (tabled indefinitely)
  53. June 1, 2014
    Western Washington University – Student Government:
    FAILED – Votes Unanimously to Reject All Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions Based on National Origin
  54. May 23, 2014
    DePaul University – Student Government:
    PASSED – Students voted in favor of a divestment resolution (54% to 46%).
  55. May 18, 2014
    UC Santa Cruz – Student Government:
    PASSED – Divestment resolution passed 22-14.
  56. May 1, 2014
    Wesleyan University – Student Government:
    PASSED – Divestment resolution passed, “calls for the University and the WSA to divest from companies that profit from occupation of Gaza Strip, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem”
  57. May 1, 2014
    UC Santa Cruz – Student Government:
    FAILED – Divestment resolution passed, then investigated, and ultimately failed due to a technicality
  58. May 1, 2014
    University of Washington – Student Government:
    FAILED – Divestment resolution defeated
  59. April 2014 – May 2014 – UC Davis – Student Government (ASUCD):
    FAILED – Divestment resolution defeated
  60. April 27, 2014 – University of New Mexico – Graduate Student Senate:
    FAILED – Divestment resolution passed then rescinded.
  61. April 2014 – University of New Mexico – Student Government:
    FAILED – Voted down the resolution.
  62. April 1, 2014
    Cornell University – Student Government:
    FAILED – tabled indefinitely
  63. April 1, 2014
    UC Santa Barbara – Student Government:
    FAILED – Divestment resolution defeated
  64. March 18, 2014
    University of Michigan – Ann Arbor – Student Government:
    FAILED –Following a decision on 3/1/14 to postpone a divestment vote indefinitely, the resolution is later voted down after a sit in protest with a vote of 9-25.
  65. March 18, 2014
    Arizona State University – Student Government:
    FAILED – tabled indefinitely
  66. March 1, 2014
    DePaul University – Student Senate:
    FAILED – Passed, then vetoed by student body president
  67. March 1, 2014
    Loyola University Chicago – Student Government:
    FAILED – Resolution passed and then vetoed
  68. March 1, 2014
    University of Michigan – Dearborn – Student Government:
    PASSED – Divestment resolution passed.
  69. April 23, 2014 – San Diego State University – Student Government:
    FAILED – Divestment resolution failed with a vote of 3 yes, 16 no and 3 abstain.
  70. February 2014 – April 2014 – UC Riverside – Student Government:
    PASSED – Divestment resolution defeated in February, brought back and passed by one vote in April
  71. February 1, 2014
    UC Los Angeles – Student Government:
    FAILED – Divestment resolution defeated
  72. October 3, 2013
    University of Michigan Ann Arbor – Student Government:
    FAILED – Divestment resolution is voted down
  73. June 2013
    UC Santa Cruz – Student Government:
    FAILED – Rejected resolution in a 17-19-3 vote.
  74. May 5, 2013
    Oberlin College – Student Senate:
    PASSED – Student Senate passed a divestment resolution. 
  75. April 18, 2013
    UC Berkeley – Student Government:
    PASSED – Divestment resolution passed
  76. April 3, 2013
    UC Riverside – Student Government:
    FAILED –Student Government revokes the divestment resolution passed on 3/6/13
  77. March 13, 2013
    UC San Diego – Student Government:
    PASSED – Divestment resolution passed 20 in favor, 12 against and 1 abstention.
  78. March 2013
    Stanford University – Undergraduate Student Senate:
    FAILED – Rejects divestment bill.
  79. November 13, 2012
    UC Irvine – Student Government:
    PASSED – Divestment resolution passed 16 – 0
  80. September 5, 2012
    Earlham College – Student Government:
    PASSED – Earlham College boycotts Sabra. Student activists say this is only the beginning.
  81. June 5, 2012
    Arizona State University – Student Government:
    PASSED – ASU Student Government unanimously passed a bill demanding divestment from companies providing the IDF with weapons and militarized equipment.
  82. April 18, 2012
    University of Massachusetts Boston – Student Government:
    PASSED –Divestment resolution passed unanimously.
  83. March 2012
    UC San Diego – Student Government:
    FAILED – Divestment resolution was voted down in a 13-20-0 vote.
  84. March 2010
    UC Berkeley – President:
    FAILED – Resolution passed, but was vetoed by the President.
  85. June 2, 2010
    Evergreen State College – Student Body:
    PASSED – Two resolutions: one calls on divestment, the other calls to ban the use of Caterpiller Inc. equipment from campus, passed with 79.5% and 71.8% respectively.
  86. February 26, 2010
    University of Michigan – Dearborn – Student Government:
    PASSED – Divestment resolution passed.
  87. February 12, 2009
    Hampshire College – University Board:
    PASSED – Resolution is passed and Hampshire College becomes first campus to divest from the Israeli occupation
  88. September 26, 2006
    University of Michigan – Dearborn – Student Government:
    PASSED – Divestment resolution passed.
  89. April 17, 2003
    Wayne State University – Student Government:
    PASSED – Divestment resolution passed with a vote of 9-7.
  90. July 4, 2005
    University of Michigan – Dearborn – Student Government:
    PASSED – Divestment resolution passed.
  91. February 22, 2005
    University of Michigan – Dearborn – Student Government:
    PASSED – Divestment resolution passed