College campus protests are tapering off. What next?

The pro-Palestinian protests that roiled college campuses in late April and early May have begun to abate in recent weeks. As summer break approached, school leaders at some schools struck deals with student protestors while others resorted to calling on law enforcement to forcibly remove activists from campus.

The tumult will likely taper off over the summer, according to experts, but could return again in the fall as the concessions made by some colleges come into sharper view.

As the term wrapped up at Harvard University, top officials reached an agreement with demonstrators Tuesday to take down a weekslong pro-Palestinian encampment. As part of that pact, the university said it would retract student suspensions and broach the topic of divesting from companies affiliated with Israel, according to a social media post by Harvard Out of Occupied Palestine, a student group.

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