Statement on the Antisemitic Incident at Syracuse University

Statement on the Antisemitic Incident at Syracuse University


November 16, 2019

Contact: Avi D. Gordon, Executive Director Alums for Campus Fairness

917-512-4585, [email protected]

This past week, students were subject to a large swastika display on the ground on campus. As alumni dedicated to the welfare of all students, especially Jewish students and allies, we must take necessary action to ensure the safety of the Syracuse Jewish community.

ACF-Syracuse appreciates the video remarks released by Chancellor Kent Syverud addressing the antisemitic incident, as well as recent incidents targeting the African American and Asian American communities on campus. We agree that “when these hateful acts—at Day Hall, the Physics Building and on Walnut—produce dangerous and hostile environments, it is the responsibility of our university—and our community— to step up.” By meeting with and listening to Hillel students and other affected student communities over the last week, Chancellor Syverud has displayed steadfast and reliable leadership in addressing bigotry. ACF-Syracuse commits to holding Chancellor Syverud and his administration accountable to his promise that the “University will respond in the future transparently and quickly, and will clearly assert our Orange values of inclusion and of rejecting hate.”

ACF-Syracuse will continue to be actively engaged in responding to this incident. We are here to support the Jewish community on campus and we call on the broader Syracuse community to join us in this effort.

About ACF: Alums for Campus Fairness (ACF) is America’s unified alumni voice on issues of antisemitism, demonization of Israel, and bigotry. With over thirty-five chapters, ACF positions thousands of alumni on the front lines of key issues at their alma maters and works to ensure that universities remain pillars of open dialogue and equal opportunity for all students. For more information, please visit