Brandeis University Extends Transfer Deadline Amid Campus Protests Over Israel-Palestine Conflict

Brandeis University extends transfer deadline amid pro-Palestinian protests on college campuses, citing concerns for Jewish students' safety and well-being.

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Brandeis University Extends Transfer Deadline Amid Campus Protests Over Israel-Palestine Conflict

Brandeis University Extends Transfer Deadline Amid Campus Protests Over Israel-Palestine Conflict

Brandeis University, a university founded by the American Jewish community in 1948, has announced it will extend its deadline for students to apply for transfers to May 31 with notification by July 1. The decision comes amid ongoing pro-Palestinian protests and rising safety concerns for Jewish students on college campuses across the United States.

In recent weeks, several universities have seen pro-Palestinian protest encampments spring up on their campuses, leading to tensions and reports of antisemitic intimidation. At Harvard University, the group Harvard for Palestine was suspended earlier this week after setting up an encampment. Police have made arrests at similar protests at other schools, including Columbia University where a "Gaza Solidarity Encampment" has been established, and California State Polytechnic University, Humboldt.

Why this matters: The Israel-Palestine conflict has long been a contentious issue on college campuses, but the recent wave of protests and counter-protests has raised concerns about the safety and well-being of Jewish students. Brandeis University's decision to extend its transfer deadline highlights the impact of these tensions on the academic choices and experiences of students.

Brandeis University President Ron Liebowitz stated, "We are proud of the supports we have in place to allow Jewish students to thrive and are expanding the opportunity for students to seek the learning environment of our campus." The university, committed to protecting the safety of all its students, is extending the transfer application deadline "due to the current climate on many campuses around the world where Jewish students are being targeted and attacked physically and verbally for being Jewish or supporting Israel."

The protests have led former Harvard President Claudine Gay to resign in part due to intense criticism over the university's response to Hamas' attack in Israel. Harvard has faced numerous pro-Palestinian and pro-Israel protests since October. Meanwhile, Columbia University is currently negotiating with student protest organizers to de-escalate the situation on its campus.

Brandeis University, founded in response to antisemitism and quotas on Jewish college students, welcomes all students, "Jews and students from every background, who seek an excellent undergraduate education and an environment free of harassment and Jew-hatred," according to Liebowitz. The extended transfer deadline aims to provide students seeking such an environment the opportunity to apply to Brandeis for the Fall 2024 semester.

Key Takeaways

  • Brandeis Univ. extends transfer deadline amid pro-Palestinian protests
  • Protests at Harvard, Columbia, and Humboldt raise concerns for Jewish students
  • Brandeis aims to provide a safe, harassment-free environment for all students
  • Former Harvard President Claudine Gay resigns partly due to criticism over response
  • Brandeis founded in response to antisemitism and quotas on Jewish students