Assault with anti-Semitic Slurs / Town Hall Meeting

The letter below was sent from TU President Hart last Friday. There will be a Town Hall Meeting entitled Confronting Anti-Semitism at Temple University on Thursday, 2/28, at 8 PM in SAC 223. Here are a bunch of articles on anti-Semitism from Gale Virtual Reference Library. Letter from President Ann Weaver Hart: “I am very sad to be sending you this message. According to reports, early on the morning of Friday, Feb. 15, a non-Temple student was assaulted on North Broad St. on Temple University’s Main Campus. The assault included anti-Semitic language and the student was seriously injured. The alleged assailants are all Temple students. The case was investigated by Temple University Campus Safety Services and referred to the University Disciplinary Committee (UDC). The Temple students involved in the incident have been suspended, pending the outcome of a UDC hearing. Temple University police in collaboration with the Philadelphia Police Department are actively pursuing criminal charges through the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office. We are taking this situation very seriously and will be developing programs for students and the broader university community to address issues of tolerance and civility on our campuses. Temple’s core values are reflected in our Student Code of Conduct, which states that the University is “dedicated to promoting the physical and mental health and the safety and welfare of each member of the community,” and to respecting the rights of others. Because we treasure the extraordinary diversity of our community of learning, we stand united against any action that threatens that community or the welfare of our students, employees or visitors. Hate crimes will not be tolerated by Temple University. All manifestations of intolerance threaten the fabric of our institution and our society. Indeed, hatred violates the core values upon which this university was founded — values that are cherished by all of us in the extended Temple family. Sincerely, Ann Weaver Hart”

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