UPenn president resigns after solutions to Congress about antisemitism on campus draw sharp criticism | EUROtoday
The University of Pennsylvania’s President Liz Magill has resigned amid strain from donors and criticism over her testimony at a congressional listening to, the place she was unable to say below repeated questioning that calls on campus for the genocide of Jews would violate the varsity’s conduct coverage.
The resignation from Magill, in her second yr as president of the Ivy League faculty, was introduced Saturday in an announcement on the UPenn web site by the board of trustees.
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NEW YORK (AP) — New York’s governor has referred to as on the state’s faculties and universities to swiftly deal with circumstances of antisemitism and what she described as any “calls for genocide” on campus after Ivy League presidents confronted backlash for not adequately condemning threats of violence towards Jewish college students throughout congressional testimony earlier this week.
In a letter to varsity and college presidents on Saturday, Gov. Kathy Hochul stated her administration would implement violations of the state’s Human Rights Law and refer any violations of federal civil rights legislation to U.S. officers.
“As Governor of New York I want to reinforce that colleges and universities not in compliance with federal and state laws protecting students against discrimination can be deemed ineligible to receive state and federal funds,” she wrote.
Hochul stated she has spoken to chancellors of the State University of New York and City University of New York public school methods who she stated confirmed “that calling for genocide of any group” or tolerating antisemitism violates codes of conduct on their campuses “and would lead to swift disciplinary action.”
The governor’s letter does not deal with any particular incidents. But she stated the letter is in response to feedback made on Tuesday by the presidents of Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania throughout a prolonged and contentious congressional listening to on antisemitism.
Much of the blowback centered on a heated line of questioning from U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, a New York Republican, who repeatedly requested whether or not “calling for the genocide of Jews” would violate every college’s code of conduct.
Harvard President Claudine Gay stated it trusted the context, including that when “speech crosses into conduct, that violates our policies.” She later apologized, saying she did not correctly denounce threats of violence towards Jewish college students.
Penn President Liz Magill Magill walked again a few of her personal feedback on Wednesday, saying she would think about a name for the genocide of Jewish individuals to be thought of harassment or intimidation. She additionally stated she would launch a evaluation of Penn’s insurance policies.
Universities throughout the U.S. have been accused of failing to guard Jewish college students amid experiences of rising antisemitism following the Oct. 7 Hamas assault on Israel.
“This week, like many Americans, I was shocked to see the presidents of several prominent universities -– current leaders that are responsible for educating young minds who will grow into the leaders of tomorrow -– fail to clearly and unequivocally denounce antisemitism and calls for genocide of the Jewish people on their college campuses,” Hochul wrote in her letter.
The Buffalo Democrat has additionally commissioned an impartial evaluation of antisemitism and discrimination insurance policies at CUNY, the nation’s largest city public college system. That evaluation, by a former chief choose of New York’s highest court docket, will assess how the school system handles antisemitism complaints and make suggestions on how directors can higher defend Jewish college students and college.
The New York Civil Liberties Union stated Saturday that it’s vital that faculty directors “do not conflate” college students criticizing the state of Israel and advocating for Palestinian rights with requires violence.
“As political speech critiquing a government’s actions, it’s considered core political expression and is thus protected,” Donna Lieberman, the advocacy group’s govt director, wrote in an emailed assertion. “Schools have a duty to protect both students’ well-being and their free expression.”
Hochul’s office didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
A popular chant at pro-Palestinian rallies at Penn and other universities has been falsely misrepresented in recent months as claiming to call for “Jewish genocide.”
Experts and advocates say the mantra, “Israel, we charge you with genocide,” is a typical chorus heard at pro-Palestinian rallies. Jewish and Palestinian supporters each acknowledge protesters aren’t saying “We want Jewish genocide.”