by NYU Spokesman John Beckman

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"NYU is aware of reports of a pending investigation by the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights (OCR), but the University has not yet received any direct notice of an OCR investigation.

"Any allegations that the University has been anything less than highly supportive of or deeply concerned about its Jewish community are untrue and unfair.

"This development is not about any new incidents, so far as we know. We assume that any investigation would be based on the events from last spring, when the complaint was filed, or even prior. And the decision by OCR to investigate does not indicate that it has made some kind of finding or determination.

"Many of the allegations against NYU have been one-sided. We think it is important for people to know the real record:

  • that those involved in disrupting the pro-Israel rave in Washington Square Park in 2018 were referred to the University's student conduct office; 
  • that NYU and its president rejected and criticized attempts to ostracize pro-Israel groups;
  • that the University has publicly, repeatedly, and vigorously repudiated BDS proposals both at NYU and elsewhere (see statement from 2004, 2007, 2013, 2016, and 2018); 
  • that NYU, the only US university to have opened its own dedicated academic campus in Israel, has flatly rejected any and all calls to close it, and continues to be committed to it."

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