NYU settles with Education Department; will revise discrimination policy following antisemitic activity on campus

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09/30/2020

New York University has reached an agreement with the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) following a complaint filed on behalf of an NYU student that cited numerous instances of antisemitic activity on the campus.

The agreement is the first resolution at an American university since an executive order signed by President Donald Trump in December 2019 added antisemitism to the list of forms of discrimination prohibited by Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Among the instances cited in the complaint, filed by attorneys Joel Siegal and Neal Sher, were the harassment of students attending a Yom Haatzmaut event in Washington Square Park and a tweet from an NYU student declaring he wanted “all Zionists to die.”

Under the terms of the resolution, NYU is required to revise its non-discrimination and anti-harassment policies to include shared ancestry and ethnic characteristics, including antisemitism, as factors that cannot be discriminated against.

According to the resolution agreement, NYU President Andrew Hamilton is required by Sept. 30, 2020 to “issue a statement to all University students, faculty, and staff stating that the University does not tolerate acts of discrimination or harassment on the basis of shared ancestry and ethnic characteristics, including anti-Semitism.”

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