Elite Universities Get Failing Grades on Anti-Semitism From ADL

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April 11, 2024

The Anti-Defamation League on Thursday gave many elite American universities failing grades on their campus climate of anti-Semitism.

The ADL’s Campus Anti-Semitism Report Card shows an "F" grade was handed to two Ivy League universities—Harvard University and Princeton University—along with other elite schools such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, the University of Chicago, and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 

The remaining Ivy League schools fared only slightly better, with Yale University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Brown University, and the University of Pennsylvania receiving a "D" and Dartmouth College earning a "C." 

Three top public universities—the University of California, Berkeley; the University of California, Los Angeles; and the University of Michigan—also received a "D" grade, according to ADL’s report card, whose goal is to "serve students and their families looking for information about the current state of antisemitism on campus and how particular universities and colleges are responding."

Harvard, MIT, and Penn came under scathing scrutiny late last year after their presidents testified in Congress that calling for the genocide of Jews would not necessarily violate their schools’ code of conduct. 

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R., N.Y.), who had asked whether calling for a Jewish genocide would violate the schools’ policies, condemned Claudine Gay of Harvard, Sally Kornbluth of MIT, and Liz Magill of Penn, saying all three university presidents gave "unacceptable answers across the board."

Magill resigned shortly after her testimony, while Gay managed to fend off initial pressure but later also stepped down after allegations of plagiarism in her academic work surfaced. Gay's resignation came less than a day after the Washington Free Beacon reported on a series of bombshell allegations of plagiarism against her.

College campuses across the United States have seen a surge in anti-Semitism since the war in Gaza began following Hamas’s Oct. 7 terrorist attack on Israel. In late November, nearly three-quarters of Jewish college students said they had experienced or witnessed anti-Semitism on campus since the start of the 2023-2024 academic year, according to a poll by the ADL and Hillel International.