“smearing our reputations to the people who are going to be our clinical supervisors for years to come”
It’s worth noting that this entire affair began in a required diversity course.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
Jewish Students Reported a Professor for Anti-Semitism. Their University Retaliated Against Them.
On the first day of classes last fall, a psychology professor asked students in one of George Washington University’s required diversity courses to share their names and identities. The professor went around the room “affirming” each student’s introduction, until one student said she was born in Israel.
“It’s not your fault you were born in Israel,” the professor, Lara Sheehi, told the student in the postgraduate Professional Psychology Program, according to a classmate in attendance who spoke with the Washington Free Beacon.
The remark set the tone for a contentious semester with Sheehi, who consistently harassed her Jewish students and then retaliated against them when they raised concerns with the administration, according to a Title VI discrimination complaint filed Thursday with the Department of Education.
“She began to retaliate against us,” one of those students told the Free Beacon. “She began to spread lies about us to the faculty—smearing our reputations to the people who are going to be our clinical supervisors for years to come.”
Compiled from student testimonies provided to the anti-Semitism watchdog Stand With Us, the complaint says Sheehi accused the students of racism, encouraged classmates to demean and exclude them for their Jewish identity, and took disciplinary measures against them after they confronted her. The group says the university condoned the professor’s actions.
After publication, a George Washington University spokeswoman told the Free Beacon the institution “strongly condemns anti-Semitism and hatred” but “also recognizes and supports academic freedom.” She said the university is aware of the “allegations” and will respond if the Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights launches an investigation.
A Department of Education spokesman said the Office of Civil Rights “does not confirm specific complaints” and directed the Free Beacon to an open list of its investigations. The complaint was not there.
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