Cal State System Settles With Jewish Students

March 22, 2019

California State University has settled a lawsuit with two Jewish students, agreeing to publish a statement that Zionism is an important part of Jewish identity.

Two San Francisco State University students, Liam Kern and Charles Volk, had sued the institution, alleging the university and its Board of Trustees discriminated against them.

They said that officials did not let the campus Hillel chapter participate in an event called “Know Your Rights,” designed to gather groups to talk about a hostile political climate.

San Francisco State must also hire a coordinator for Jewish student life and refer cases of religious discrimination to an outside investigator, according to the settlement agreement. It must also allocate $200,000 toward “educational outreach efforts to support education outreach efforts to promote viewpoint diversity.”

"California State University's public recognition that Zionism is an integral part of Jewish identity represents a major victory for Jewish students at SFSU and across the country. Today we have ensured that SFSU will put in place important protections for Jewish and Zionist students to prevent continued discrimination. We are confident that this will change the campus climate for the better," Brooke Goldstein, executive director of the Lawfare Project, said in a statement. "The Lawfare Project was proud to play a role in securing justice for Jewish and Zionist students at SFSU. We commend the student plaintiffs who showed the courage to stand up and advocate for their civil rights."

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