George Washington College’s third-party investigation has exonerated a range course trainer of some Jewish college students’ and a pro-Israel group’s accusations of antisemitism, the college introduced Monday.
StandWithUs filed a criticism in January with the U.S. Training Division’s Workplace for Civil Rights relating to Lara Sheehi, an assistant professor of medical psychology and co-author of the e-book Psychoanalysis Below Occupation: Working towards Resistance in Palestine.
“The college engaged the regulation agency Crowell & Moring LLP to conduct a third-party investigation to completely study the allegations on this criticism,” GW stated in a abstract of the agency’s findings. The college hasn’t launched the total findings.
“Crowell’s evaluation was complete,” the college stated. “It included interviews with virtually all the college students within the class, in addition to program college and college directors. It additionally included a evaluation of a major variety of contemporaneous paperwork and communications.”
“Crowell discovered no proof substantiating the allegations of discriminatory and retaliatory conduct alleged within the criticism,” GW stated. “Lots of the statements the criticism alleges had been made by Dr. Sheehi had been, based on those that heard them, both inaccurate or taken out of context and misrepresented.”
A part of StandWithUs’s criticism stated that on Sept. 30, in the course of the Jewish Excessive Holidays, a visitor lecturer whom Sheehi invited to campus “demonized Israel,” “famous that applicable resistance contains throwing stones” and “lionized” a 13-year-old Palestinian who participated within the stabbing of a 13-year-old Jew.
The Cromwell evaluation discovered such lecture allegations “are largely inconsistent with the recording of the occasion or considerably decontextualized,” the college stated.
The evaluation discovered that StandWithUs, “and some of the scholars within the class, advocated for an expansive view of the definition of antisemitism, which, if accepted within the college atmosphere, may infringe on free speech ideas and educational freedom.”
The abstract of findings solely critiques Sheehi relating to her tweets.
“Though the tweets from what seems to be Dr. Sheehi’s private account don’t violate GW’s social media coverage, the college strongly denounces the usage of profane language directed at any group of individuals, together with in personal tweets,” the college stated. “Crowell discovered, nonetheless, that the tweets had been made in a non-public Twitter account that was solely briefly seen to the general public … Whereas the college disapproves of the tone of the tweets, GW insurance policies acknowledge the proper of school to articulate their factors of view in line with the college’s sturdy dedication to educational freedom.”
The StandWithUs criticism, which redacted profanity, stated Sheehi has tweeted the next: “Israelis are so f****ing racist,” “F*** Zionism, Zionists …” and “F*** each one that will not be but an anti-Zionist.”
Sheehi didn’t remark Monday afternoon. StandWithUs stated the result of the criticism remains to be pending.