December 6, 2023
Contact: Avi D. Gordon, Executive Director Alums for Campus Fairness
917-512-4585, [email protected]
Alums for Campus Fairness (ACF) strongly condemns University of Pennsylvania President Liz Magill’s testimony at the December 5th House Committee on Education and the Workforce hearing on antisemitism.
During the hearing, President Magill was asked whether calling for genocide against Jews would be considered a violation of Penn’s code of conduct. Shockingly, she refused to explicitly affirm that such a call for violence goes against the university's policies, instead replying that “it is a context-dependent decision."
ACF believes that universities must unequivocally condemn all forms of hate speech, including calls for violence. It is disheartening to see President Magill’s failed leadership on this crucial issue as campus antisemitism skyrockets and Jewish students feel unsafe on campus.
President Magill’s testimony is an example of her ineffective approach to addressing rising antisemitism at Penn and why she must resign. A new president is needed — who will clearly state that any form of hate speech, including calls for genocide against any group, is incompatible with Penn’s code of conduct. ACF-Penn will continue to hold the university accountable to its Jewish students.
About ACF: Alums for Campus Fairness (ACF) leverages the unique power of alumni to combat antisemitism on college campuses. ACF helps organize and cultivate alumni chapters for colleges and universities across the country, equipping members with tools, tactics, and training to proactively engage with administrators. Learn more at www.campusfairness.org.