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Johns Hopkins University Probed for Unchecked Antisemitism

Johns Hopkins University has become the latest school to face an antisemitism investigation, as the Department of Education announced it was looking into the university on Monday.

Institutions of higher education across the country are under scrutiny from both the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights and the House Education and Workforce Committee regarding responses to antisemitic activity on campus since the onset of the war that began after Hamas terrorists led an attack on Israel on Oct. 7.

The inquiry was instigated by a complaint from Campus Reform Editor-in-Chief Zachary Marschall, who has made similar complaints about other schools. As the Washington Examiner reported, the Education Department opened an investigation into Northwestern University in late January as a response to one of Marschall’s complaints.

The newer complaint alleged Johns Hopkins did not sufficiently respond to incidents of harassment of Jews, failing to meet its obligations under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act.

Johns Hopkins’s response allegedly made Jewish students feel “unwelcome and unsafe,” according to Marschall’s filing.

As examples of antisemitism, Marschall pointed to 24 faculty members who called for a ceasefire in the war and were subsequently applauded by the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Similarly, a graduate school worker’s union called for a ceasefire, according to the Baltimore Banner, saying: “We express our uncompromising solidarity with the Palestinian people in their righteous struggle for self-determination.”

“We call for stopping the routing of workers’ exploited labor and money into funding the U.S. military, which directly supports and contributes to the genocide of Palestinians,” the Teachers and Researchers United group continued. “We decry Johns Hopkins’ inadequate response along with the silence of the academic community and Western institutions at large in the face of the occupation and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people. This silence is fueling the continued violent oppression of the Palestinian people. It is imperative we act now.”

Johns Hopkins is not the only school facing federal scrutiny.

Also on Monday, House Education and Workforce Committee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) sent a document request to Columbia University in an inquiry regarding the school’s responses to antisemitic activity on campus.“An environment of pervasive antisemitism has been documented at Columbia for more than two
decades before the October 7, 2023, terrorist attack,” Foxx wrote in the Monday letter, saying that despite Columbia’s suspension of some anti-Israel groups on campus, “the groups have continued to hold anti-Israel events on campus with apparent impunity.”

Foxx has sent similar letters to other universities, and she has shown her willingness to compel responses from unresponsive schools using subpoena power, threatening Harvard University, another school under the microscope over antisemitism, last week.

The Washington Examiner contacted Johns Hopkins with a request for comment.