University of Pennsylvania president quits after anti-Semitism uproar

The president of a top university in the United States has resigned after a backlash over her testimony at a congressional hearing on rising anti-Semitism on campuses.
University of Pennsylvania President Elizabeth Magill stepped down on Saturday after blowback over her failure to say, under repeated questioning, that calling for genocide against Jews would violate the school’s code of conduct.Bok said Magill made “a very unfortunate misstep” and she was “not herself” during her appearance before Congress.
Bok, who also announced his own resignation, said Magill would stay on until an interim president is found and remain a tenured faculty member at the university’s law school.
Magill, Harvard University President Claudine Gay and Massachusetts Institute of Technology President Sally Kornbluth came under heavy criticism after appearing before a US House of Representatives committee on Tuesday to testify about anti-Semitism on university campuses.
Asked whether calling for the genocide of Jews would breach university policy on bullying and harassment, the three university heads declined to give a definitive “yes” or “no” answer, saying they were committed to free expression and that it would depend on the context, such as whether the speech was targeted at individuals.

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