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After settling lawsuit, NYU to add Title VI position to counter antisemitism

The job requires annual reports of disciplinary data to the Board of Trustees.

An anti-Israel protest at New York University on May 3, 2024. Photo by Carin M. Smilk.
An anti-Israel protest at New York University on May 3, 2024. Photo by Carin M. Smilk.

New York University released a statement on Tuesday saying it had committed “to take groundbreaking measures to address antisemitism” following the decision to settle a lawsuit about the school’s antisemitic environment, filed by Jewish students.

One of the measures NYU announced is a new coordinator intended to “oversee compliance with Title VI, including ensuring that NYU responds adequately and consistently to allegations of discrimination and harassment based on all protected traits.” As part of the job, annual reports of disciplinary data to the Board of Trustees are required.

The agreements in the settlement remain confidential, including its “monetary terms.”

The position will follow the school’s existing Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy, which utilizes the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism.

Linda G. Mills, president of the university, said “we are committed to continuing our vigorous efforts to confront discrimination, including antisemitism, and the settlement in this litigation is yet another step in this direction.”

The lawyer for the students, Marc Kasowitz of Kasowitz Benson Torres, said “NYU, by entering into this historic settlement, is to be commended for taking a leading position among American universities in combating antisemitism on campus. Other universities should promptly follow their lead.”

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