Following Rosen Push, Department of Education Warns Colleges of Consequences for Not Addressing Campus Antisemitism

Guidance Reminds Colleges And Universities Of Legal Obligation To Protect Students From Discrimination

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) applauded the news that, after her push, the U.S. Department of Education issued guidance to schools and colleges, reminding them of their legal responsibility to protect students from discrimination, including antisemitism, and warning of potential consequences for not meeting this obligation. Last week, Senator Rosen called on the Department of Education to take this action, among others, to protect Jewish students from increasing acts of hate and harassment on college campuses.

“Rising antisemitism on college campuses following Hamas’s brutal terrorist attack on Israel is extremely alarming and unacceptable. Every student has the right to learn free from harassment, and schools have a legal responsibility to protect them,” said Senator Rosen. “I’m glad to see the U.S. Department of Education is taking action at my urging to remind school administrators of their legal responsibility to keep students safe from antisemitism and other forms of discrimination – or face consequences. I’m continuing to urge the Department to form a task force to counter campus antisemitism.”

Senator Rosen has been a leader in the bipartisan fight to combat antisemitism. She helped launch the first-ever Senate Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism and led the push to create the first-ever national strategy to counter antisemitism released earlier this year. Senator Rosen also helped introduce a bipartisan resolution denouncing antisemitism at institutions of higher education, which passed the Senate unanimously. Last month, Senator Rosen helped lead a push to call for increased funding for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program to protect synagogues and Jewish community centers from targeted violence, which was included in the President’s supplemental funding request to Congress.