Antisemitic Divestment from Israel Initiatives
Scorecard on U.S. Campuses 2012-2016

Updated: 7/12/16

Total Divestment Vote Discussions Recorded: 88
Total Number of Individual Campuses that had Divestment Vote Activity: 48
Total University Systems that have had Divestment Resolution Activity: 3

University Campus or Entity Divestment Resolution Result
Arizona State University
  • 3/1/14 – Student Government – FAILED – (tabled indefinitely)
  • 6/7/12 – Student Government – PASSED
Arizona State University – Downtown Campus
  • 4/1/14 – Student Government – FAILED
Bowdoin College
  • 5/6/15 – Student Government, Campus Wide Vote – FAILED – 71% vote no, 14% vote yes, 15% abstain
California Community Colleges
  • 5/3/15 – General Assembly of the Student Senate of California Community Colleges – FAILED – 25 in favor, 44 opposed, and 6 abstentions
City University of New York (CUNY) System
  • 4/17/16 – 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.
  • 10/24/14 – Doctoral Council – FAILED – (Failed to reach required votes)
Cornell University
  • 4/1/14 – Student Government – FAILED – tabled indefinitely
DePaul University
  • 5/1/14 – Student Government – PASSED
  • 3/1/14 – Student Senate – FAILED – Passed, then vetoed by student body president
Earlham College
  • 4/27/15 (announced) – Student Government Senate – PASSED – passed using a consensus vote
  • 9/13/12 – Student Government – PASSED – Earlham College boycotts Sabra; student activists say this is only the beginning
Evergreen State College
  • 5/31/16 – 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.
  • 6/2/10 – Student Body – PASSED – Two resolutions; one calls on divestment, the other calls to ban the use of Caterpiller Inc. equipment from campus.
Florida Atlantic University
  • 8/3/14 – Student Government – FAILED – Resolution defeated (tabled indefinitely)
Loyola University Chicago
  • 3/24/15 – Student Government – PASSED – Resolution passes – 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
  • 3/1/14 – Student Government – FAILED – Resolution passed and then vetoed
Marquette University
  • 4/27/15 – 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 passes 25 – 3 – 0
New York University
  • 6/21/2016 – Graduate Student Union – FAILED – The parent union of the Graduate Student Union at NYU repealed the BDS vote by approving an appeal. 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.
  • 4/21/16 – Graduate Student Union – PASSED – The graduate student union at New York University passed a BDS resolution with a 2/3 vote of the 600 members who participated (out of 2,000). The resolution called on the union and its parent union, 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. Fifty-seven percent of the voting union members also took a personal pledge to boycott Israeli government and academic institutions.
Northeastern University
  • 2/28/16 – 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.
  • 3/16/15 – Student Government – FAILED – Student Government Association votes down divestment measure, with 25 senators opposed, 9 in favor, and 14 abstaining.
Northwestern University
  • 2/18/15 – Student Government – PASSED – Narrowly passes 24 – 22
Oberlin College
  • 5/5/13 – Student Senate – PASSED – Student Senate passes a divestment resolution.
Ogelthorpe University
  • 5/1/15 – Student Government – PASSED – Resolution passes with near complete unanimity
Ohio State University
  • 3/23/16 – 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.
  • 3/13/15 – Student Government – FAILED – A divestment petition which garnered signatures in order for there to be a divestment referendum failed due to a technicality.
Portland State University
  • 6/6/16 – Associated Students – TABLED – Associated Students of Portland State University – tables a divestment resolution until the fall term with a vote of 21-0-2.
Princeton University
  • 5/15/15 – Graduate Student Vote – PASSED – 56.3% yes, 39.3% no, 4.5% abstain
  • 4/24/15 – 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
Rutgers University – Newark
  • 4/4/16 – Student Governing Association – PASSED – Student Governing Association discussed and passed a BDS resolution, 10-0 with 5 abstentions.
San Diego State University
  • 4/10/15 – Student Government, Student Body Vote (not Senator voting) – FAILED – Needed 2/3 majority to pass. 52.97% vote for, 47.03% vote against
  • 2/14 – 4/14: Student Government – FAILED
San Jose State University
  • 11/18/15 – Associated Students of SJ State – PASSED – Divestment resolution passed 10 – 5.
Stanford University
  • 2/17/15 – Student Government – PASSED – Previous divestment resolution was re-visited after two senators call for a re-vote and change their votes. A modified divestment resolution was passed 10 – 4 – 1
  • 2/10/15 – Student Government – FAILED – Divestment resolution defeated 9 – 5 – 1
UC Berkeley
  • 4/18/13 – Student Government – PASSED – Divestment resolution passed
UC Davis
  • 5/29/15 – UC Davis Senate – PASSED – Resolution passes with 10 in favor, 0 opposed, 2 abstentions
  • 2/19/15 – Student Government – FAILED – Divestment vote 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.”
  • 1/29/15 – Student Government (ASUCD) – PASSED – Divestment resolution passed 8 – 2 – 2
  • 4/14 – 5/14: Student Government (ASUCD) – FAILED – Divestment resolution defeated
UC Irvine
  • 11/13/12 – Student Government – PASSED – Divestment resolution passed
UC Los Angeles
  • 11/1/14 – Student Government – PASSED – Divestment resolution passed 8 – 2
  • 2/1/14 – Student Government – FAILED – Divestment resolution defeated
UC Merced
  • 2/4/15 – Student Government – FAILED – Student Government votes against divestment
UC Riverside
  • 2/14 – 4/14: Student Government – PASSED – Divestment resolution defeated in February, brought back and passed by one vote in April
  • 4/3/13 – Student Government – FAILED -Student Government revokes divestment decision
  • 3/6/13 – Student Government – PASSED – Divestment resolution passed
UC San Diego
  • 3/13/13 – Student Government – PASSED – Divestment resolution passed
UC Santa Barbara
  • 4/16/15 – Student Government – FAILED – Divestment resolution fails 13 – 12 – 1
  • 4/1/14 – Student Government – FAILED – Divestment resolution defeated
  • 3/23/13 – Student Government – FAILED – Divestment resolution fails 11 – 10 – 0
UC Santa Cruz
  • 11/17/15 – 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.
  • 5/1/14 – Student Government – FAILED – Divestment resolution passed; then investigated; ultimately failed due to a technicality
UC Students Association (UCSA)
  • 2/8/15 – Student Government (Representing all 9 UC campuses) – PASSED – Divestment resolution passed 9 – 1 – 6
UC Student-worker Union
  • 12/16/15 – 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.

  • 12/4/14 – Student-Workers Union – PASSED – The UC Student-Workers Union Local 2865 votes 65% Yes to Boycott Israel
University of Chicago
  • 4/12/2016 – Student Government – PASSED – Student government passed a divestment resolution, 8-4-3.
University of Illinois at Chicago
  • 2/15/16 – 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
University of Indianapolis
  • 4/2/16 – The Student Senate – PASSED – Divestment resolution passed on Saturday. The resolution passed by one vote.
  • 2/27/16 – 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.
University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • 4/15/16 – 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.”
University of Massachusetts Boston
  • 4/18/12 – Student Government – PASSED -Divestment resolution passes unanimously
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
  • 3/31/15 – Student Government – FAILED – Divestment resolution fails 29 – 15 – 1
  • 3/18/14 – Student Government – FAILED – Divestment resolution postponed indefinitely, later voted on after a sit in protest.
  • 10/3/13 – Student Government – FAILED – Divestment resolution fails
  • 3/1/14 – Student Government – FAILED – Divestment resolution defeated
University of Michigan – Dearborn
  • 4/11/16 – 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.
  • 3/1/14 – Student Government – PASSED – Divestment resolution passes
  • 2/26/10 – Student Government – PASSED – Divestment resolution passes
  • 9/26/06 – Student Government – PASSED – Divestment resolution passes
  • 7/4/05 – Student Government – PASSED – Divestment resolution passes
  • 2/22/05 – Student Government – PASSED – Divestment resolution passes
University of Minnesota
  • 4/12/16 – 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.
  • 3/8/16 – Student Government – FAILED – Student Government strikes down a BDS resolution with a vote of 34-31-11
University of New Mexico
  • 4/24/15 – Student Government – FAILED – Divestment resolution fails with a 14 – 4 – 2 vote
  • 4/14 – 5/14: Graduate Student Senate – FAILED – Divestment resolution passed then rescinded.
  • 4/1/14 – Student Government – FAILED – Divestment resolution defeated
University of South Florida
  • 2/4/16 – 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.
  • 1/26/16 – Student Body – FAILED – Student Body President Andy Rodriguez and Student Body Vice President Michael Malanga vetoed the resolution passed 1/20/16 in a memo.
  • 1/20/16 – SG Senate – PASSED – Divestment resolution passed 32 – 12 – 4.
University of Texas, Austin
  • 4/22/15 – Student Government – FAILED – Divestment resolution fails with a 23 – 11 – 1 vote
University of Toledo
  • 4/28/15 – Campus-Wide Referendum – FAILED – threshold for approval not met (67% needed, 57.13% garnered)
  • 3/4/15 – Student Government – PASSED – Reverses previous decision that resolution is unconstitutional, and passes divestment resolution with vote of 21 – 4
  • 2/17/15 – Student Government – FAILED – Divestment resolution found unconstitutional because resolution is “one-sided”
University of Washington
  • 2/12/16 – 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.
  • 5/1/14 – Student Government – FAILED – Divestment resolution defeated
University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • 5/19/16 – 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.
Vassar College
  • 4/28/16 – 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.
  • 3/06/16 – Student Association – FAILED – Vassar Student Association (VSA) voted to pass the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (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.
Wayne State University
  • 4/17/03 – Student Government – PASSED – Divestment resolution passes with a vote of 9 – 7
Wesleyan University
  • 5/1/14 – 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”
Western Washington University
  • 6/1/14 – Student Government – FAILED – Votes Unanimously to Reject All Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions Based on National Origin