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Brandeis extends deadline for transfer students amid uptick in campus unrest

“Jewish students are being targeted and attacked physically and verbally,” wrote the school’s president.

Brandeis University Undergraduate Admissions Center. Credit: Leo Felici via Wikimedia Commons.
Brandeis University Undergraduate Admissions Center. Credit: Leo Felici via Wikimedia Commons.

A university founded in 1948 to offer a safe space for Jews to pursue their education invites students to apply for a transfer amid the uptick in anti-Israel protests and antisemitic incidents on college campuses across North America.

“Due to the current climate on many campuses around the world, we are now expanding the opportunity for students to seek the learning environment of our campus by extending the transfer application deadline to May 31, with notification by July 1,” Brandeis University president Ron Liebowitz wrote this week in a letter.

Liebowitz described the school as “committed to protecting the safety of all its students, and, in the current atmosphere, we are proud of the supports we have in place to allow Jewish students to thrive.”

Brandeis welcomes students of all backgrounds, wrote Liebowitz, adding that the university provides “an excellent undergraduate education and an environment striving to be free of harassment and Jew-hatred to apply.

In an April 24 interview with Newsweek, Lebowitz said: “I think people need to think through this, especially students, go through the semester, finish their exams. That’s why we extended the deadline to give those students an opportunity to think through these things.”

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