StopAntisemitism Report Reveals Dire State of Campus Antisemitism
NEW YORK, Dec. 6, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Watchdog group StopAntisemitism released its annual Antisemitism on U.S. College & University Campuses Report today, which uses a report card-style grading system to assess 25 different colleges across the United States on their previous and current efforts to address campus antisemitism and protect their Jewish students.
Following the savage and barbaric Hamas attacks of October 7, StopAntisemitism updated this report to address schools' responses to antisemitic incidents after the massacre, highlighting specific incidents and re-grading some schools. The report was originally slated to be released on October 9, but due to the horrific violence in Israel, the organization had to wait.
StopAntisemitism initially created this report in response to Jewish parents and their children inquiring where it's safe for them to attend school. Since October 7 there has been an influx of such requests from concerned Jewish parents who feel anxious sending their children away during an especially vulnerable time.
This year's report classifies 25 schools into five categories: Ivy League (and adjacent), Liberal Arts, Private Universities, Public Universities-East and Public Universities-West. Five schools received an "F", while seven schools received an "A".
"Rising campus antisemitism has been supercharged by the recent Israel-Hamas conflict," said StopAntisemitism Executive Director, Liora Rez. "This Report Card will help guide Jewish parents in assessing where it's safe to send their children – a new and frightening consideration that would've been unthinkable just a few years ago. Armed with this information, it's on all of us to hold colleges accountable for recognizing, calling out, and protecting their students from antisemitism."
StopAntiemitism takes four major categories into account when formulating grades:
StopAntisemitism assesses how each school has responded to antisemitic incidents by conducting two different surveys — one to each university's administration, of which seven completed this year, and one to their Jewish students, which was completed by more than 1,400 respondents. 79% of students responded "yes" when asked if they had experienced antisemitism on campus, and 72% said they feel unwelcome as a Jewish person in all spaces on campus. The survey was sent out before October 7, but the organization strongly feels that these percentages would increase dramatically had it sent out the survey following the attacks.
You can view the full report here.
Report Card Grades for 25 US Colleges At a Glance:
StopAntisemitism is a grassroots watchdog organization dedicated to holding antisemites accountable and creating consequences for their actions. Executive Director Liora Rez commands the digital landscape by exposing Jew-hatred through social media, blog posts, and other channels. StopAntisemitism made a critical impact in the fight against Jewish hate and bigotry in America through its fearless "name and shame" approach. For more information or to report antisemitic behavior, visit StopAntisemitism.org.