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ECU Responding to Antisemitism of Abdulazeez (Abood) Swaiti “In Accordance with University Policies”

East Carolina University has responded to complaints received about Brody School of Medicine student Abdulazeez (Abood) Swaiti, whose vile antisemitism I posted about a few days ago:

“Thank you for reaching out to us. ECU has received the concerns shared regarding social media posts attributed to an ECU student. ECU has informed the appropriate campus offices and is responding in accordance with university policies. In accordance with the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA), ECU is unable to provide any additional details at this time. We remain committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive community for all.”

This seems to be the relevant part of the University’s policies.

2.4. Harassment, Threats, Bullying or Intimidation: Directing action toward a particular individual or group in a manner which is unwelcome, and under the totality of the circumstances, is so severe or pervasive, and objectively offensive that it undermines and/or detracts from the target individual’s academic pursuits, participation in University-sponsored activities, or employment, effectively denying equal access to University resources and opportunities.

2.4.1. The objective standard is whether the conduct was directed at a specific person, group, or entity in a manner that would cause a reasonable person to fear for one’s safety, the safety of others, or the loss of or damage to property or that is defamatory.

2.4.2. East Carolina University will also enforce the University of North Carolina System Policy 700.4.2, which states:

2.4.2.1 While on University premises or while participating in University sponsored activities, acting or in a way to unlawfully threaten, coerce, harass or intimidate another person or identifiable group of persons; or acting or speaking in a manner that is a violation of a constitutionally valid University Policy prohibiting harassment and/or discrimination on the basis of a protected class, including: race/ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender-identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, political affiliation, or veteran status (including relationship or association with a protected veteran; or Active Duty or National Guard service).

2.4.2.2. No student shall engage in unlawful harassment resulting in an environment determined to be hostile by a reasonable person. Unlawful harassment includes conduct that creates a hostile environment by meeting the following criteria. It is:

a. Directed toward a particular person or persons;

b. Based in whole or in part upon any of the following protected statuses: disability, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, age, sex, gender identity, color, veteran status (including relationship or association with a protected veteran; or Active Duty or National Guard service), gender identity, political affiliation, national origin, or religion;
c. Unwelcome;
d. Severe or pervasive;
e. Objectively offensive; and
f. So unreasonably interferes with the target person’s employment, academic pursuits, or participation in University-sponsored activities as to effectively deny equal access to the University’s resources and opportunities.

The criteria seem to be rather narrow, so I am not overly optimistic that Swaiti will get any punishment harsher than a slap on the wrist. But I am willing to be pleasantly surprised. I’ll keep you posted.

In any event, my posts on him should remain on Google for potential employers to see, in case he is allowed to become a doctor.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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