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New legislation requires antisemitism monitors at federally funded colleges

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On Friday, bipartisan New York representatives Ritchie Torres (D) and Mike Lawler (R) introduced the COLUMBIA Act, legislation mandating antisemitism monitors at colleges and universities receiving federal funds. The move, influenced by escalating antisemitism on campuses, aims to ensure student safety through rigorous scrutiny.


The proposed bill requires appointed third-party monitors to release quarterly reports detailing campus efforts to counteract antisemitism. If an institution rejects the monitoring, it risks losing federal funding. The U.S. Department of Education would oversee the implementation of these monitors, setting specific terms and conditions funded by the colleges themselves.

This legislation is named after Columbia University, reflecting the recent surge in campus protests across the nation that have highlighted issues of antisemitism and student safety. The lawmakers’ initiative underscores a federal commitment to addressing and curbing antisemitism in educational institutions.