Freedom of Speech  
  In both public and private institutions, the freedom of speech of university faculty, staff and students should be respected. As our namesake, Justice Louis D. Brandeis, once explained, "If there is a time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence." Whitney v. California, 274 U.S. 357, 377 (1927) (Brandeis, J., concurring). Under the First Amendment, additional protections apply in public institutions. At the same time, administrators should be cautious of selective, opportunistic, or pretextual invocations of this right. Similarly, administrators must acknowledge that the First Amendment does not relieve them of their obligation to ensure that their students receive equal educational opportunity under federal civil rights law. This section, now in development, will provide best practices in the protection of the freedom of speech at public post-secondary educational institutions, as well as related documentation.
 
 
University of California

University of California President Mark Yudof, under fire for allegedly tolerating an atmosphere hostile to Jewish students on some UC campuses, issued a strong March 2012 statement condemning anti-Israel activists for attempting to disrupt and shut-down pro-Israel event at the University of California at Davis.

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U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has provided guidance on the relationship between the First Amendment and federal civil rights law as they apply to federally funded educational institutions.

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Students
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Research Articles
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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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Advisory Board Spotlight
 

Alvin H. Rosenfeld
Alvin Rosenfeld is Director of The Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism, the Irving M. Glazer Chair in Jewish Studies and Professor of Jewish Studies and English at Indiana University in Bloomington.
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