USC outlines concrete steps to respond to campus antisemitism

After receiving criticism for what some Jewish members of the University of Southern California Jewish community have called an insufficient response to anti-Semitism on campus over the last few years, the university announced on Thursday that it was taking additional steps to combat anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism.

In a letter from university president Carol Folt sent late Thursday, Folt acknowledged recent instances of anti-Semitism on campus that included a student leader making threatening anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist posts on Facebook, as hateful and against the school’s reputation as a supportive, welcoming environment for Jews.

“USC has a long history as a campus with a vibrant Jewish community; however, a recent national survey by ADL-Hillel shows a rise in anti-Semitism across college campuses nationwide,” wrote Folt. “USC is not immune, and we are taking specific new actions to systematically and operationally combat anti-Semitism on our campuses.”

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