Princeton University accused of violating civil rights of Jewish students

The Ivy League school is accused of failing to respond to antisemitism on campus.

Tony Caputo

Apr 24, 2024, 10:24 AM

Updated 31 days ago


Princeton University is being investigated by the Department of Education for allegedly violating the civil rights of Jewish students.
The investigation opened April 3. The Ivy League school is accused of failing to respond to antisemitism on campus.
The complaint was filed by Dr. Zachary Marshall, the editor-in-chief of Campus Reform, an American conservative news website focused on higher education.
Among Marshall’s complaints, 400 people participated in a protest at Princeton back on Oct. 25 during which chants of “Intifada” and “Brick by brick, wall by wall, apartheid has got to fall” could reportedly be heard. In turn, the Anti-Defamation League gave Princeton a “D” on its campus antisemitism report card. It cited the DOE’s ongoing investigation as part of the reason.
“Imagine sending your child off to college and obviously spending a pretty penny for it, and they're not safe and they're going to worry if they're going to be safe. And so, what do I think? I think that's unacceptable that they can't even feel safe on the campus,” said Rep. Josh Gottheimer. “And I think that it echoes a huge responsibility now that many of my colleagues are calling for that these university presidents across the country step up and provide a safe space for all students."
Princeton University released the following statement to News 12 New Jersey:
"Based on our familiarity with events on our campus and other information available to us, we are confident we are in full compliance with the requirements of Title VI.
Based on the complainant’s published description of the complaint, we know that he is not a member of the University community and that his complaint appears to be premised on chants at protests. As stated in the University’s rules, Princeton “attaches great value to freedom of expression and vigorous debate, but it also attaches great importance to mutual respect, and it deplores expressions of hatred directed against any individual or group.
While disciplinary approaches are not always applicable given the University’s robust commitment to freedom of expression, the University has responded to every complaint of bias against Jewish community members brought to its attention and continues to offer support.
The University websites Campus Resources for Difficult Times and Community Resources regarding Israel and Gaza detail a range of resources and supports available to members of the campus community."

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