Legal Actions

Title VI Complaint Against Lehigh University

StandWithUs Center for Legal Justice (SCLJ) on April 2, 2024, learned that the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) had opened an investigation into Lehigh University in response to SCLJ’s federal complaint filed there on behalf of Jewish, Israeli and Zionist students.

Title VI Complaint Against UC Davis

On April 1st, 2024, StandWithUs Center for Legal Justice (SCLJ) filed a federal Title VI complaint with the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights on behalf of Jewish students and other campus stakeholders at the University of California Davis who are the victims of a pervasively hostile and antisemitic campus climate.

Lawsuit Against MIT

On March 7, 2024, StandWithUs Center for Legal Justice (SCLJ) and MIT students filed a federal lawsuit against MIT over the university’s condoning of antisemitism in violation of the students’ rights under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act.  

The complaint, filed in Massachusetts District Court by several law firms, describes how MIT turns a blind eye to antisemitic activities on its campus, refuses to enforce policies to protect Jewish and Israeli students and faculty, and has thereby created a hostile environment for Jews. This lawsuit seeks to remedy this.

Lawsuit Columbia University

Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Columbia University Alleges Hostile Antisemitic Environment for Jewish and Israeli Students.

The law firm Kasowitz Benson Torres today filed a federal lawsuit against Columbia University and Barnard College on behalf of Jewish and Israeli Columbia students who are victims of egregious and ongoing antisemitism. The complaint, filed in the Southern District of New York on behalf of StandWithUs Center for Legal Justice (SCLJ) and others, seeks injunctive relief and monetary damages concerning Columbia’s alleged violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and indifference to a pervasively hostile climate for Jews and Israelis.

Title VI Complaint Against Middlebury College

On February 15th, 2024, The StandWithUs Center for Legal Justice filed a Title VI complaint with the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights seeking to remedy the creation of a pervasive and ongoing antisemitic environment for Jewish students at Middlebury College.

Jewish students at Middlebury College, who reported to the administration concerns about a pervasively hostile campus climate for Jews since October 7, 2023, have been met with total indifference. Even worse, they have endured unlawful and disparate treatment by the administration; retaliatory disciplinary proceedings; administrative denial that antisemitism exists; hostility; instructions to downplay and hide symbols associated with their Jewish identity; and outright failure by the administration to enforce their own policies to protect Jews. 

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