Best Practices  
 

The Louis D. Brandeis Center will be a source of "best practices" information, documentation, advice and analysis for university administrators, counsel, faculty, and others. We will provide "best practices" support on a wide range of compliance matters, including issues relating to non-discrimination policies, the First Amendment, academic freedom, communications, orientation and training.

Communications
Many university presidents, as well as a few public leaders and nongovernmental organizations, have provided strong examples of clear, firm, specific communications which can effectively address or avert anti-Semitic incidents.   
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Anti-Discrimination Policy
A strong anti-discrimination policy should clearly articulate the forms of conduct that meet the definition of anti-Semitism.
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Freedom of Speech
When universities respond to hate and bias incidents, it is critical for them to adhere to legal and institutional norms regarding the freedom of speech.
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Academic Freedom
Various institutions have addressed how combating campus anti-Semitism fits well with academic freedom.
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Orientation and Training
A comprehensive approach to campus anti-Semitism includes not only legally correct policies but also appropriate orientation and training. 
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  “Ken Marcus… is prepared to initiate and lead the fightback against campus antisemitism."
 
 
Prof. Lesley Klaff, in Journal for the Study of Antisemitism, vol. 3, no. 2 (2011).
 
 
 
Students
Faculty
Administrators
If you are concerned about anti-Semitism on your campus, or if you seek advice about best practices, contact us.

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Research Articles
and Reports
Over 50% of Jewish American college students report that they experienced or witnessed anti-Semitism on their campuses during the 2013-2014 academic year. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has announced that campus anti-Semitism “is a serious problem which warrants further attention.” Campus anti-Semitism can include subjecting Jewish students to different treatment, harassment, violence or a hostile environment. In some cases, campus anti-Semitism is related to anti-Israel sentiment. In other cases, it is not. For most purposes, we define anti-Semitism according to the U.S. Department of State definition of anti-Semitism. .
 
 
 
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Advisory Board Spotlight
 

Ruth R. Wisse
Ruth R. Wisse is the Martin Peretz Professor of Yiddish Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University, and has taught at McGill, Stanford, New York, Hebrew and Tel Aviv universities.
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