@EdWorkforceCmte Questions UPenn’s Failure to Address Antisemitism as Investigation Ramps Up
UPenn Given Until February 7 to Produce All Documents Requested
WASHINGTON, D.C., January 24, 2024
WASHINGTON – Today, Education and the Workforce Committee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) sent a letter to University of Pennsylvania Board of Trustees Chairman Ramanan Raghavendran and Interim President Dr. Larry Jameson requesting documents and information regarding the University of Pennsylvania’s (Penn) abysmal response to antisemitism on its campus.
In the letter, Foxx writes: “In testimony before the Committee on December 5, 2023, Penn’s then-President, M. Elizabeth Magill, made numerous statements that further called into question the university’s willingness to address antisemitism seriously. When asked whether calling for the genocide of Jews would violate Penn’s code of conduct, Ms. Magill replied that ‘it is a context-dependent decision.’ … While Ms. Magill and Mr. Scott L. Bok, then-Chairman of Penn’s Board of Trustees have both since resigned, Penn’s institutional failures regarding antisemitism extend well beyond two leaders.”
The letter continues: “Penn’s failure to address antisemitism on its campus has been harshly and widely rebuked. … In defense of this disgraceful record, Penn has cited its supposed commitment to free speech. … However, Penn has demonstrated a clear double standard by tolerating antisemitic vandalism, harassment, and intimidation, but suppressing and penalizing other expression it deemed problematic.”
Foxx concludes by citing examples of a deeply troubling pattern of antisemitic incidences at Penn, including:
To read the full letter, click here.