Sending Office: Honorable Doug Collins
Sent By:
Sally.Larson@mail.house.gov

Dear Colleague,

We encourage you to support the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, a bill that will provide firm guidance to the Department of Education as it continues to address the unfortunate and dangerous rise in anti-Semitism on college campuses.

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance – including colleges and universities. Title VI has been interpreted to prohibit
discrimination based on an individual’s actual or perceived ancestry or ethnic characteristics, bringing anti-Semitism directly into its purview. Any evidence of discrimination must be addressed by the institution with prompt and appropriate action under Title
VI. Unfortunately, the confusion surrounding anti-Semitic discrimination under Title VI has resulted in minimal action to address the unfortunate increase in anti-Semitic behavior on college campuses.

The Anti-Semitism Awareness Act will ensure the Department of Education relies on the leading definition of anti-Semitism – adopted by the State Department in 2010 – to determine whether potentially actionable harassment and discriminatory conduct is motivated
by anti-Semitism. This analysis will directly affect an institution’s ability to continue receiving federal funds under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The Anti-Semitism Awareness Act represents a significant advance in the effort to solve the problem facing Jewish students and groups on college campuses. By incorporating the 2010 definition of anti-Semitism developed by the State Department’s Special Envoy
to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, this bill provides clear guidance and examples as to when an investigation of on-campus anti-Semitism is warranted. The bill will help the Department of Education when deciding whether to pursue reviews or investigations
into potentially anti-Semitic acts in violation of the civil rights protections under Title VI. The Anti-Semitism Awareness Act will not change the substantive rights or obligations under existing anti-discrimination law and is specifically designed to ensure
the protection of students’ and schools’ First Amendment rights and academic freedom.

If you have any questions or would like to be an original cosponsor, please reach out to Erica Barker in Rep. Collins’ office at
Erica.barker@mail.house.gov or at 202-226-0136 or Michelle Schein in Rep. Sherman’s office at
michelle.schein@mail.house.gov or at 202-226-4904.

We hope you will join us in fighting anti-Semitism on college campuses by cosponsoring the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act.

Sincerely,

Doug Collins                                                                                                                    Brad Sherman
Ranking Member, House Judiciary Committee                                                                            Member of Congress 

 

 

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