At the request of parents, AMCHA develops “Scorecard” for prospective students visiting universities this fall
As students head back to school and high school seniors begin to visit potential colleges, AMCHA Initiative released today a questionnaire for prospective parents and students to use when interviewing colleges and universities regarding the campus climate for Jewish students.
Some of the questions include:
- Have you heard reports of students feeling the need to hide their Jewish identity (such as hide a Jewish star necklace) or feeling fear at attending Jewish events?
- Have any Jewish students reported acts of violence, verbal or physical harassment, threats, vandalism, discrimination, exclusion, etc., directed against them because of their Jewishness or support of Israel?
- Have there been reports of swastikas or other anti-Semitic graffiti drawn anywhere on campus? If yes, did the administration swiftly, forcefully and publicly acknowledge that a swastika is an anti-Semitic symbol associated with genocide perpetrated against the Jewish people which particularly targets the school’s Jewish members for hatred and discrimination, and that it will not be tolerated on campus?
- Was there a BDS campaign on campus, and if so, what was the result?
- Have there been any faculty members who were reported as bringing anti-Semitic and/or unbalanced, one-sided, anti-Israel content into the classroom?
- Are administrators, campus diversity officers and faculty members trained in identifying anti-Semitism?
- What support is available to students who encounter anti-Semitism?
To see the full list, click HERE.
As the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has found, manifestations of anti-Semitism are often “camouflaged as anti-Israelism or anti-Zionism.” Therefore, one of the most timely and important questions to ask potential universities is: Will the university formally adopt the U.S. State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism to fully and accurately identify all future acts of hate toward Jews?
The questionnaire assists parents and students in assessing how safe or comfortable a school is for Jewish students. The questions also serve as a reminder to school administrators that prospective Jewish students and their families are influenced in their decision-making by the level of anti-Semitic/anti-Israel activity on campus.
We encourage all prospective students and their parents to use AMCHA’s questionnaire when evaluating potential colleges/universities.
Sign the Petition
If you haven’t done so already, please sign the UC Stakeholder petition urging the University of California Regents to adopt the U.S. State Department definition of anti-Semitism in order to properly identify and address anti-Semitic activity.
All stakeholders should sign, including UC alumni, donors, students and parents, as well as California taxpayers and community members.
ARTICLES ABOUT OUR EFFORTS:
World Religion News – 8/17/15 –
Rise in Jew-Hatred on California University Campuses Prompts Movement to Re-define “Anti-Semitism”
Forward – 8/12/15 –
Anti-Semitism Czar Doubles Down on ‘Delegitimizing Israel’ Definition
Jewish Voice – 8/5/15 –
‘Student Voices’ Exposes Anti-Semitism in the College Classroom
See a full list of articles HERE.