Joint Statement on Department of Education Office for Civil Rights Investigations into NYU and UCLA

The American Studies Association joins the Middle East Studies Association and six other sister associations of the American Council of Learned Societies in deep concern over the continued politicization of the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights and the threat that its ongoing investigations into New York University and the University of California, Los Angeles represents to academic freedom. Political speech is and must remain constitutionally protected in the United States, and should not be conflated with bigotry for partisan political purposes. We condemn racism in all forms, and oppose in the strongest possible terms any form of discrimination against or harassment of Jewish students. The government's instrumentalization and abuse of the issue of anti-Semitism is an unwelcome intrusion at our institutions of higher education, intending to intimidate faculty and police political debates on campuses.

MESABoardStatement20200210

Posted for ASA Office in Press Releases
Post date: February 10, 2020

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