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Tufts University Denounces Antisemitic Student Government Resolution

Tufts University issued a denunciation on Monday of a student government resolution passed last weekend that blamed Israel for US police violence against minorities.

The  Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) chapter at the Massachusetts institution was responsible for getting the initiative — which called for the “demilitarization” of the Tufts University Police Department (TUPD) — on a Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate special election ballot.

The Elections Commission of the Tufts Community Union (members Amelia Miller, Spencer Ha, Mark Lannigan, and Avni Ambalam pictured) stated, “The full wordings of the referenda were not made public at least nine days before the election as required by the Constitution.”In addition, it said, “The referenda did not have a receipt date with the Elections Commission at least seven days before the vote, as required by the Elections Commission bylaws.” Bizarrely, ECOM nonetheless declared that the results were valid.

Patrick Collins — the executive director of media relations at Tufts University — told The Algemeiner, “We are disappointed in the result of the referendum, which mischaracterized the university’s approach to public safety and policing.”

“The university will not be taking action in response to the vote’s outcome,” he added.

Collins also criticized the referendum itself, saying, “While we respect students’ right to make their voices heard on this or any issue, we believe the referendum was misinformed.”

Source:https://www.algemeiner.com/2020/12/21/tufts-university-denounces