A motion put forth by McGill University students who support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement has failed.
Students had initially voted earlier this week in favour of the motion to boycott Israel, which was put forth by a group called the McGill BDS Action Network.
But the initial vote then had to be ratified. In the online ratification process, 57 per cent (or 2,819 people) voted against while 43 per cent (2,119 people) voted in favour.
The university had declined to comment on the vote until the ratification process was complete. In a statement published to McGill's website, Principal and Vice-Chancellor Suzanne Fortier explained why the university's administration "steadfastly" opposes the BDS movement.
"The BDS movement, which among other things, calls for universities to cut ties with Israeli universities, flies in the face of the tolerance and respect we cherish as values fundamental to a university...