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Chanukah Surprise from UC;
Major Victory Hailed

 

For the first time, the UC administration publicly affirms that faculty are prohibited from bringing BDS into classrooms.

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TAKE ACTION: Please thank UC President Napolitano ([email protected]) and Provost Dorr ([email protected]) for publicly affirming that UC policy prohibits faculty from bringing anti-Israel propaganda and BDS into classrooms.

In a huge victory for ensuring the well-being of Jewish students, for the first time ever, UC administrators have publicly affirmed that UC faculty are prohibited from bringing hateful anti-Israel propaganda and the boycott of Israel into the classroom.

In response to a letter sent from an AMCHA-led coalition of 22 groups earlier this month asking if the UC policies that prohibit UAW 2865 graduate student instructors from promoting BDS in the classroom also apply to UC faculty, Dorr, late Friday, responded by stating, “I understand from your letter that you are concerned that UC faculty may promote the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement in the classroom and that you are seeking clarification as to whether the Regents Policy on Course Content applies to UC faculty members.  In response to your question, the Regents Policy on Course Content does apply to UC faculty members.”

The AMCHA-led coalition thanked University of California (UC) Provost Aimee Dorr and UC administrators for protecting the well-bring of Jewish students. The letter reads:

Dear Provost Dorr,

Thank you very much for your response to our letter asking for clarification about whether the Regents Policy on Course Content, which you had already acknowledged applies to graduate student instructors, also applies to faculty.  As you rightly understand, we are quite concerned about UC faculty who may use the classroom to promote their personal animosity towards Israel and efforts to harm it, including BDS.  Besides corrupting the academic mission of the University, such behavior creates a hostile environment for Jewish and pro-Israel students, who have reported feeling harassed and intimidated by their professors and isolated from their fellow students.  We are therefore extremely grateful for your acknowledgement that the Regents Policy on Course Content, which prohibits the misuse of the classroom for the advance of partisan interests and political indoctrination, applies equally to graduate student instructors and faculty.

We also appreciate that you copied all of the UC Chancellors on your response, and we hope that in light of your very clear statement, administrators on each campus will strictly enforce the Regents Policy on Course Content in the case of both graduate student instructors and faculty, thereby ensuring that all students — including Jewish and pro-Israel students — have access to a quality learning environment that is safe and non-discriminatory.

 

Sincerely,

 

Accuracy in Academia
Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity (AEPi)
AMCHA Initiative
American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists
Americans for Peace and Tolerance
Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law
Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA)
CUFI on Campus
David Horowitz Freedom Center
Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET)
Hasbara Fellowships
Institute for Black Solidarity with Israel
National Conference on Jewish Affairs
Proclaiming Justice to the Nations
Scholars for Peace in the Middle East
Simon Wiesenthal Center
StandWithUs
Students and Parents Against Campus Anti-Semitism
The Lawfare Project
Training and Education About the Middle East (T.E.A.M.)
Verity Educate
Zionist Organization of America

 

TAKE ACTION: Please thank UC President Napolitano ([email protected]) and Provost Dorr ([email protected]) for publicly affirming that UC policy prohibits faculty from bringing anti-Israel propaganda and BDS into classrooms.

Thank you for helping to protect Jewish & pro-Israel students!

 

Warm regards,

AMCHA Initiative

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