The Anti-Defamation League publishes a new index for examining anti-Semitism on campuses and awards grades – who fails, who gets a good grade?


The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) published an index on anti-Semitism on campuses, the Campus Anti-Semitism Report Card, which examines the reported incidents, Jewish life on campuses, as well as the policies and administrative actions carried out by universities in relation to the fight against anti-Semitism and the protection of Jewish students.

The index indicates that most American academic institutions still do not take basic actions to protect Jewish students.

The index surveyed 85 institutions and assigned grades from A to F (A = very good, F = failed), to give campus leaders, parents, students, alumni and other stakeholders a mechanism for assessing the state of anti-Semitism in institutions and how they respond to it.

Only two institutions received an A (very good) grade – Brandeis University and Elon University.

17 institutions received a grade of B (good),

29 institutions received a grade of C (almost good),

26 institutions were graded D (adequate),

and 14 institutions were graded F (failed).

Unsurprisingly given its conduct since the outbreak of the war between Israel and Hamas, Harvard University received a grade of F (failed) – as did the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Tufts University and Michigan State University, among others.

MIT President Sally Kornbluth. Failed grade
(Photo: AP Photo / Mark Schiefelbein, File)

Many academic institutions across the US fail to address anti-Semitism. The University of Hartford, Florida International University, Tulane University and the University of Colorado Boulder all received a grade of C. Among the institutions that received a grade of D (adequate) are Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, Ohio University, the University of California at Berkeley and Rice University in Houston, Texas.

Positive examples:

Brandeis University revoked the recognition of the “Students for Justice in Palestine” (SJP) chapter after the organization’s activities following the October 7 attacks.

Elon University held many events to raise awareness of anti-Semitism and promoted dialogue between students.

The University of Miami issued a statement of support for Israel and condemnation of anti-Semitism.

The University of Maryland has increased security measures on campus and established a task force to deal with anti-Semitism.


Jonathan Greenblatt, the global executive director of the Anti-Defamation League, said that every institution should receive an A grade and that Jewish students deserve a learning environment free of anti-Semitism.

Greenblatt noted that many Jewish families are debating where to send their children to study because of anti-Semitism on campuses.

Emma Lau-Offman from the organization “Mothers Against Anti-Semitism in Universities and Colleges” called on academic institutions to act immediately to protect Jewish students.

call for action:

The Anti-Defamation League calls on all academic institutions to adopt new policies to deal with anti-Semitism and to take responsibility for the safety of Jewish students.

The organization offers online tools and resources for students, parents and alumni to help them demand that their institutions do more.

The “Not On My Campus” campaign calls on US colleges and universities to commit to zero tolerance for anti-Semitism.

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