Democrat senator blasts ‘failure’ of university leaders to protect Jewish students, asks Biden admin to review

EXCLUSIVE: Democrat Sen. Jacky Rosen is urging Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to take a “comprehensive review” of university harassment policies amid rising antisemitism on college campuses and what she called a “failure” of leadership at those institutions to protect Jewish students. Rosen, D-Nev., penned a letter obtained by Fox News on Wednesday to Cardona to share “significant concerns” on the matter, just days after university presidents testified on Capitol Hill. HARVARD STUDENT PANS UNIVERSITY’S EFFORT TO CLEAN UP STANCE ON JEWISH GENOCIDE: ‘HAD A CHANCE UNDER OATH’ “I write with significant concerns about rising antisemitism at institutions of higher education and the failure of college and university leadership to protect Jewish students from harassment and discrimination,” Rosen wrote. “Jewish Americans across the country were horrified by last week’s hearing in the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, where three leading university presidents failed to unequivocally state that calling for the genocide of the Jewish people would inherently violate their schools’ respective harassment policies or codes of conduct.” “In light of this disturbing testimony, and in order to protect students from antisemitic discrimination, I urge the Department of Education to undertake a comprehensive review of college and university harassment policies and codes of conduct to ensure that they comply with federal civil rights requirements for institutions of higher education,” Rosen wrote. ELISE STEFANIK SAYS SHE WAS LEFT ‘SHAKEN’ BY UNIVERSITY PRESIDENTS’ ‘PATHETIC’ ANSWERS ABOUT ANTISEMITISM Rosen, citing the Dec. 5 hearing, said lawmakers posed questions regarding campus antisemitism to presidents of Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT.) “When asked if ‘calling for the genocide of Jews’ would constitute bullying or harassment under Penn’s code of conduct, then-president Liz Magill answered that it was a ‘context-dependent decision’ and that such a statement would be harassment if ‘the speech turns into conduct,’” Rosen said, citing testimony from the university presidents. “The presidents of Harvard and MIT then gave similar, troubling answers to the same question.” “While all three presidents and their respective universities quickly went into damage control mode in the aftermath of the hearing – and one president even resigned her post – excuses and apologies don’t change the fact that leaders of some of our nation’s top schools refused to publicly acknowledge that calling for the genocide of Jews is harassment,” Rosen continued, adding that this “lack of moral clarity fails students across American college campuses.” Magill resigned from Penn over the weekend. Harvard President Claudine Gay was also under fire, but the university decided not to fire her.  Rosen, pointing to the Anti-Defamation League, said there have been “over 400 antisemitic incidents on college and university campuses since Hamas’ October 7 terrorist attack on Israel, compared with 33 antisemitic incidents during the same period last year.” “At a time when Jewish students are experiencing rising antisemitism, schools have a legal responsibility to protect their students from discrimination and harassment,” Rosen said. HARVARD BOARD STANDS BY EMBATTLED PRESIDENT CLAUDINE GAY, ADMITS ‘INADEQUATE CITATION’ IN SOME WRITINGS Rosen, last month, urged the Education Department to remind school administrators of their “responsibility” to protect the students and of the “consequences that will follow if they fail to act.” Rosen applauded the department for doing so, and for its move to implement the U.S. National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism, including the launch of an Antisemitism Awareness Campaign. “However, last week’s hearing is a stark reminder that far more work needs to be done to protect Jewish students on college campuses, including by ensuring their codes of conduct prohibit antisemitic harassment and discrimination,” Rosen said. “As I discussed with Assistant Secretary Catherine Lhamon, just because a student has a First Amendment right to make a harassing statement does not relieve university administrators from their Title VI obligations to protect their students from such harassment.” CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Rosen again urged Cardona to “undertake a comprehensive review of college and university harassment policies and codes of conduct to ensure that they meet federal civil rights requirements for protecting students from prohibited harassment and discrimination, including antisemitic harassment and discrimination.”
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