NYU Settles Lawsuit with Jewish Students Over Anti-Semitism on Campus

Pro-Palestinian protesters gather in front of New York University buildings in lower Manhattan on May 3 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

New York University reached a settlement Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by Jewish students who said the university failed to protect them from anti-Semitism on campus.

The lawsuit was filed in November, accusing the university of violating federal civil rights laws by failing to enforce its anti-discrimination policies on incidents targeting Jewish students and allowing “widespread acts of hate, discrimination, harassment and intimidation.”

In recent months, New York University has been the site of heated anti-Israel protests, with police arresting 133 people in a single night. The lawsuit says chants of “Hitler was right” and “Jews to the gas chambers” were regularly heard.

Protests have erupted on college campuses across the country following the Oct. 7 Hamas attack that killed more than 1,200 people in Israel, leading to security concerns following the violent explosions, with many universities forced to cancel classes and graduation ceremonies.

“NYU is committed to taking groundbreaking action to address anti-Semitism, including in the wake of the October 7, 2023 terrorist attack and subsequent violence across the Middle East,” NYU said in a joint statement announcing the settlement. The students argued that the university had not done enough to condemn Hamas earlier.

According to the statement, the settlement includes an undisclosed financial agreement, a commitment to equally enforce and update anti-discrimination policies and the creation of a new position to oversee the university’s compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act.

“NYU deserves credit for taking a leadership position among American universities in combating anti-Semitism on campus by entering into this historic settlement. Other universities should immediately follow their example,” Marc Kasowitz, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, said in a statement.

Several lawsuits have been filed against other universities over incidents of anti-Semitism. Jewish students at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) sued the school for allowing a “Jewish exclusion zone” during a violent encampment, while a Columbia University student accused the school of failing to do enough to keep Jewish students safe amid ongoing protests.

New York University did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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