April 16, 2004 – The New York Jewish Week reports today that a "committee appointed by the president of Columbia University for months has been quietly probing allegations of bias and intimidation by faculty, particularly in Middle East studies."
Vincent Blasi, the
Columbia Provost Alan Brinkley added that the university is, "of course, concerned about charges of bias and intimidation in the classroom." The committee was appointed "to consider, among other things, how we might respond to such problems within the framework of our strong commitment to free speech."
Campus Watch, which has been persistently critiqued Middle East studies at Columbia University, welcomes the news of this committee and congratulates President Lee Bolinger for taking this much-needed step.
This is not the first time President Bolinger has noted problems in this area. In November 2002, when 78 percent of the faculty members in the
Others in the
Campus Watch hopes that the Blasi committee indicates the presence of such courage and looks forward to its drawing constructive conclusions.
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