In recent months, companies have been increasing the pressure on top universities to take stronger action on campus antisemitism. This involves reducing, or banning completely, the recruitment of graduates from these institutions.
Two dozen law firms recently wrote to top universities that as recruiters, graduates must be prepared to enter workplaces of “zero tolerance policies… much less the kind that has been taking place on some law campuses,” warning institutions that their students won’t be hired if they continue to allow antisemitism.
Following Harvard President Gay’s failure to confirm that “calling for the genocide of Jews” is against Harvard’s Code of Conduct during a congressional testimony, major law firm Edelson PC halted on-campus interviews from their law school, cancelling their interview program that begins next year. During the congressional hearing, the presidents of UPenn and MIT also could not answer whether “calling for the genocide of Jews” was permitted on their campuses. As a result, Barstool owner David Portnoy will not be hiring from Harvard, UPenn, and MIT, characterizing the decision as “common sense.”
College applicants must consider whether their degree will actually hurt their job prospects. Harvard applications are down 17% as students search for alternatives to the scrutinized Ivy-League, with antisemitism likely contributing to the trend. Prospective Harvard students accepted on binding decisions are already considering transfer options.
Wake Forest administration is yet to receive significant public criticism from stakeholders regarding antisemitism on campus, outside of cases such as Prof. Laura Mullen. In a statement from November 9th, the administration reaffirmed that “there is no place for antisemitism or Islamophobia in our community.”
The Office of the Provost Chief of Staff Sam Perrotta told The Report that “while we are not aware of any threats to physical safety on campus, we are aware that some students, particularly Jewish and Muslim students, are feeling that their psychological safety has been threatened.”