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The AHA has signed on to the American Council of Learned Societies’ (ACLS) “Statement on 2024 Campus Protests,” which addresses the use of state and local police forces by universities against student protestors and the “excessively punitive attitude taken toward protesting students.” The ACLS writes, “As scholars, we believe that suppressing the expression of unpopular or uncomfortable ideas by students or faculty engaged in peaceful protest does not do justice to the values at the heart of the university.”