Federal Civil Rights Office to Probe Anti-Semitism Allegations at USC

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USC said Tuesday that it has taken significant steps to combat anti-Jewish hatred on campus, as federal civil rights officials prepare to investigate a complaint that the university allowed “a hostile environment of anti-Semitism” to proliferate, resulting in the resignation two years ago of its student government vice president.

Rose Ritch, a Jewish student who in August 2020 resigned as USC’s undergraduate student government vice president, alleged she was targeted on social media due to her identity as a Zionist. In an email sent to the campus community at the time, Ritch said resigning was “the only sustainable choice I can make to protect my physical safety on campus and my mental health.”

The complaint the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights will investigate was submitted by The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law on behalf of Ritch.

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