House committee presses UPenn for documents on discipline for antisemitism

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A U.S. Congressional committee has asked the University of Pennsylvania for documents about the school's “appalling” response to anti-Semitism on campus, the committee announced Wednesday.

Rep. Virginia Foxx, R.N.C., chair of the Education and Labor Committee, sent a letter to university leadership requesting that all reports of anti-Semitic incidents on campus and asked them to submit documents showing the disciplinary action taken by the university. , 2021.

Fox said the request comes amid questions about the agency's “seriousness in tackling anti-Semitism” following statements made by then-UPenn President Elizabeth McGill during a congressional hearing last year. I wrote that it was done.

“When asked whether calling for the extermination of Jews violated Mr. Penn's code of conduct, Mr. McGill replied, 'That is a decision based on the circumstances,'” the letter reads in part. There is.

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Elizabeth McGill, then-president of the University of Pennsylvania, testified before the House Education and Labor Committee in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 5 at a hearing to investigate anti-Semitism on university campuses. (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

McGill resigned in December after receiving criticism for his comments at the hearing.

Fox said that despite the resignations of McGill and then-Penn Board of Trustees chairman Scott Bok, the university's failures in addressing anti-Semitism “extend far beyond both leaders.” I wrote.

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The Assembly Education and Labor Committee requested documentation showing what disciplinary actions UPenn has taken regarding anti-Semitism on campus. (Hannah Baier/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

In his letter, Foxx accused UPenn of a “blatant double standard” in defending its response to anti-Semitism on campus.

“In defense of this disgraceful record, Penn cited its commitment to free speech.…But while Penn tolerates anti-Semitic vandalism, harassment, and intimidation, It showed a clear double standard in suppressing and punishing other forms of expression that it deems acceptable.”

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Representative Virginia Foxx accused the university of a “shameful record” and “blatant double standards” when it comes to anti-Semitism on campus. (Samuel Corum/Bloomberg via Getty Images, File)

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The letter includes multiple examples of what the committee called a “very disturbing pattern” of anti-Semitic incidents on campus before and after the October 7 Hamas terrorist attack on Israel. It is.

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Incidents mentioned in the letter range from incidents of anti-Semitic graffiti to anti-Semitic comments by students and instructors. The letter included links to media articles about a number of incidents.

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The letter also says an email was sent to Penn staff threatening violence against Penn Hillel and the dormitory named after the Jewish philanthropist, sparking an FBI investigation.