Regents of a large network of California universities last week passed a landmark policy regarding anti-Semitism on campuses across the state.
With urging from the pro-Israel group StandWithUs, the University of California (UC) Board of Regents passed a much improved version of their "Statement of Principles Against Intolerance" by addressing the problem of anti-Semitism. According to Max Samarov of StandWithUs, the original version was too vague.
"The new version of this certainly addresses not just racism against Jewish students, but bigotry against a lot of other groups on UC campuses [as well]," he explains.
In a statement, Samarov said he believes the regents successfully balanced "protecting Jews and other minority groups from racism with upholding the First Amendment and academic freedom."
Samarov says some studies have shown that from 30 to 50 percent of Jewish students have experienced anti-Semitism. Nevertheless, he encourages Jewish students to enroll in the UC system.
"I think that a lot of these schools are still places that Jewish students should attend," the group's director of research and campus strategy shares. "[They] shouldn't hesitate about enrolling – but they also have to understand that there are challenges that they may have to overcome."
The policy covers such things as disruption of speakers, vandalism, discrimination within student government, and other forms of bigotry that Jewish students have encountered.