Representatives Kiley & Owens Demand that the Department of Education Protects Jewish Students

Nov 14, 2023
Education

WASHINGTON – Today, Representatives Kevin Kiley (R-CA) and Burgess Owens (R-UT) wrote to the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights demanding that they do more to protect Jewish students on college campuses.

“I respectfully request a prompt response as to what steps your office has taken to address (1) the clear and terrifying alleged threats against Jewish students, (2) the actions of faculty that support or incite this toxic situation, and (3) the ongoing hostile environment these students are forced to endure at the University of California, California State University, and other colleges and universities across the country,” the members wrote.

Click here to read the full letter.

Background:

During the November 8 Judiciary Committee hearing on Free Speech, Kenneth Marcus, former Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights, and Staff Director at the Commission on Civil Rights, testified that the Department can do more to protect Jewish students on college campuses. “There’s more that the Department can be doing, and it can do it tomorrow. The Department has sent out links for Jewish students to file complaints. It has added language to its complaint forms. That’s fine. But there is no reason why the Department needs to wait for Jewish students to come to them,” he explained.

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