NEW YORK — The World Jewish Congress issued the following statement in reaction to University of Vermont President Suresh Garimella’s response to the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights investigation into the school’s handling of claims of antisemitism made by members of its student body:
The World Jewish Congress is troubled by the statement issued yesterday by the president of the University of Vermont in response to the Title VI complaint filed on behalf of a number of University of Vermont students by the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law and by Jewish on Campus. We note that his statement is far more equivocal than the reactions by other university and college presidents and administrations to manifestations of antisemitism on their campuses.
We look forward to the resolution of the Department of Education’s Title VI investigation and reiterate our full support for the Jewish students at UVM who must be allowed to freely assert their Jewishness and openly identify with and express their support for the State of Israel without fear of being shunned, marginalized and excluded from campus opportunities by fellow students or, far worse, by the university establishment as a whole.
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