Communications  
  Many problems can be averted by firm, clear communications by university leadership. It is imperative that university leaders personally, regularly and clearly articulate institutional values and emphasize, with great specificity, that anti-Semitism other forms of hate are inconsistent with the institution's norms and values. As the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has urged, "university leadership should set a moral example by denouncing anti-Semitic and other hate speech, while safeguarding all rights protected under the First Amendment and under basic principles of academic freedom."
 
 
San Jose State University President Condemns Swastikas

In September 2016, San Jose State University (SJSU) President Mary Papazian issued a powerful statement condemning two swastikas that were found in SJSU residence halls.

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President Wim Wiemel's Statement Against BDS at Portland State University

In June 2016, Portland State University President Wim Wiemel issued an excellent statement condemning a proposed PSU Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) resolution. He stated, "[t]he tone and tenor of the BDS movement has made members of our community feel unsafe and unwelcome at PSU, and it is not acceptable to marginalize or scapegoat them. Anti-Semitism cannot and will not be tolerated on our campus."

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President Fry's Statement about Swastikas at Drexel

In 2015, Drexel University President John Fry issued an excellent statement condemning the use of swastikas and explaining their meaning in relationship to anti-Semitism with great clarity and specificity:

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Swastikas at Northeastern University

I write to express my outrage and extreme disappointment at an incident that occurred in International Village this morning.

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Northeastern University

When vandals used Swastikas to deface flyers announcing a Louis D. Brandeis Center event at Northeastern University, President Joseph E. Aoun immediately issued a statement that is exemplary for its promptness, firmness, and specificity, as well as for the fact that President Aoun issued it personally while announcing that the university police department is actively investigating the case.

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Classes Canceled: Monday, March 4, 2013

In March 2013, Oberlin College President Marvin Krislove canceled all classes at the college and urged all students, faculty and staff to attend a series of events in response to "a report of a person wearing a hood and robe resembling a KKK outfit" on the Oberlin campus.

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Wheaton College

Wheaton College President Ronald College issued an important statement to his campus community in response to anti-Semitic incidents. His statement is commendable for its promptness, directness, firmness, and specificity.

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Canada's Honorable Jason Kenney

Canada's Honorable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, issued an exemplary 2012 statement expressing concern about the prospect of anti-Semitic harassment during Israel Apartheid Week ((AW) on Canadian university campuses.

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University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann firmly repudiated the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement in this February 2012 public letter read aloud to the campus community on the occasion of a BDS conference conducted at President Gutmann’s university.

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Rutgers University

The Rutgers University academic senate issued a forceful 2004 resolution strongly disassociating itself from anti-Semitic content contained within a student-run university newspaper. Rutgers President Richard L. McCormick concurred with the senate resolution in his presidential statement expanding upon the Senate’s concerns.

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College and University Presidents’ Statement on Intimidation Free Campuses

The American Jewish Committee initiated a “College and University Presidents’ Statement on Intimidation Free Campuses” which was released, with the signatures of over 300 university and college presidents, in October 2002. The text of statement is as follows:

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Harvard University

Hon. Lawrence Summer, then-President of Harvard University, delivered an important address to the Harvard community, known as the Address at Morning Prayers, which announced that some forms of campus anti-Israelism are “anti-Semitic in their effect if not their intent.”

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San Francisco State University

San Francisco State University President Robert Corrigan issued an important letter to his campus community on April 12, 2002, which has been given the title, “Hate Speech Not Free Speech.” This letter, as well as the related correspondence which it quotes, provide excellent examples of strong presidential leadership.

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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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Joel H. Siegal, Esq
Joel H. Siegal is founder of the Law Offices of Joel H. Siegal, where he practices litigation.
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