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UMass under Title VI probe for not protecting Jews, ‘Campus Reform’ says

The publication filed a complaint alleging that the public research university failed to take “concrete steps” to protect Jews.

Part of the UMass Amherst campus in 2017. Credit: Feng Cheng/Shutterstock.
Part of the UMass Amherst campus in 2017. Credit: Feng Cheng/Shutterstock.

The U.S. Department of Education is investigating UMass Amherst, a highly-ranked public research university, for failing to take “concrete steps” after two antisemitic incidents last fall, according to Campus Reform, which filed the Title VI complaint.

The Education Department has not yet updated its list of open Title VI investigations, which it tends to update weekly on Tuesdays. The department says only that the investigations are over alleged “discrimination involving shared ancestry” under the  1964 Civil Rights Act. It does not say, for example, if the allegations relate to Jew-hatred or another kind of discrimination.

Those who file complaints are free to state the reasons for their complaint, and Campus Reform cited, in part, antisemitic harassment on UMass Amherst’s campus on Oct. 12 when Kassy Dillon—a former JNS editor and former correspondent at Campus Reform—was reporting on a “Day of Resistance.” (Dillon is now a Daily Wire video reporter.)

The complaint also cites an Oct. 25 protest, when anti-Israel activists called for “Intifada revolution” and “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” according to the Campus Reform complaint.

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