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Duke Resolves Anti-Semitism Complaint

January 31, 2020

Duke University reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education to resolve a complaint alleging anti-Semitism at a conference on Gaza co-sponsored by the university last March, according to the Zionist Organization of America, which filed the complaint and posted the resolution agreement on its website. A Duke spokeswoman confirmed the university signed the agreement.

In the agreement, Duke agreed to issue a statement saying that the university does not tolerate anti-Semitic harassment or discrimination. The university also agreed to revise its discrimination policy to “provide a description of forms of anti-Semitism that can manifest in the University environment.”

The university did not as part of the agreement admit wrongdoing.

ZOA said the complaint related to a performance of an anti-Semitic song at the conference on Gaza, which was cosponsored by the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The News and Observer, a Raleigh newspaper, reported in November that UNC Chapel Hill separately signed an agreement with the Education Department to resolve a complaint about the conference.

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Elizabeth Redden

Elizabeth Redden, Senior Reporter, covers general higher education topics, religion and higher education, and international higher education for Inside Higher Ed. She has more than a decade of experience as an education journalist. She holds an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing from Columbia University.

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