Campus Monitor - Vanderbilt University

Antisemitism Tracker

Total Antisemitic Activity:

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Classification Date-Description
1/16/17 – Printers in some offices throughout campus printed out antisemitic fliers that were similar to the rash of fliers in March 2016 printed on dozens of campuses after being hacked. The fliers in March 2016 contained a swastika and antisemitic messages. According to police, these fliers “appear[ed] similar.”
3/14/15 – Two swastikas were spray-painted in the elevator of a Jewish fraternity house, Alpha Epsilon Pi, and another swastika was painted on a basement door.
2/16/18 – An op-ed in the student-run publication, The Vanderbilt Hustler, demonized and delegitimized Israel, stating, “As an avowed critic of militarism, [Martin Luther] King would…be critical of…American military aid to repressive regimes such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and apartheid Israel.”
5/19/17 – An article in the Vanderbilt Political Review delegitimized Israel with false accusations of “Israeli apartheid” as well as called for BDS.
DELEGITIMIZATION 1/31/17 – Vanderbilt Students in Solidarity with Palestine held the event, “Stories of Apartheid: From South Africa to Palestine.”
2/24/16 – SJP held the event, “When I Think of Palestine [photo campaign].” One student’s comments falsely accused Israel of apartheid, while another accused Israel of ethnic cleansing and another of “pinkwashing.”
BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS 4/7/16 – SJP held the event, “Teach-in on Justice in Palestine” where, according to the advertisement for the event, divestment was discussed. The event was co-sponsored by the Middle Eastern Students Association


In the News ?

February 1, 2017:
Mass Live – Hacker sends anti-Semitic fliers to Boston University printers

January 26, 2017:
Jewish Telegraphic Agency – Printers at 3 US colleges produce anti-Semitic fliers in suspected hacking

January 18, 2017:
The Algemeiner – ‘Despicable’ Antisemitic Cyber Attack at Tennessee Campus Outrages Jewish Student Community

January 17, 2017:
The Tennessean – Vanderbilt printers churned out anti-Semitic fliers after suspected hack

March 31, 2015: The Observer – Hundreds show up to stand with Vandy’s AEPi and against anti-Semitism (Description note, “Hundreds of Vanderbilt University students, faculty and staff took part in a solemn demonstration of solidarity with a Jewish fraternity [AEPi] that had been the target of anti-Semitic vandalism earlier in the month…[Dean of Students] Dean Bandas said the swastikas represented a ‘death threat’ against Jews and others and described the vandalism as an assault on the Vanderbilt’s principles of tolerance and civil discourse. ‘The individual or individuals responsible for this vandalism have disgraced themselves and earned the condemnation of our campus. Discriminatory actions will never be tolerated at Vanderbilt,” he said.  The university, which is investigating the vandalism as a hate crime, “is working diligently to ensure that those responsible will be brought to justice.'”)

March 27, 2015: Vanderbilt Hustler – LETTER: Divest for peace in Arab-Israeli conflict (Description note, “Vanderbilt University should divest all endowment funds from companies that supply the Israeli military industrial complex that keeps the Palestinians oppressed. As a university founded on the idea of reconciliation, we cannot actively support companies that profit from injustice. This cause is not anti-Zionist or anti-Jewish. It is about returning the Jewish state to the Jewish values of equality, justice and freedom. Vanderbilt should divest until no Palestinian slumbers under the threat of dying from an Israeli bomb.”)

March 25, 2015: Campus Reform – Jewish frat vandalized with swastikas at Vandy

March 24, 2015: Truth Revolt – SALTZBERG: Vanderbilt Jews Hiding From Anti-Semitism

March 19, 2015: The Algemeiner – Anti-Semitism Arrives at Vanderbilt University

March 18, 2015: The Tennessean – Vanderbilt rallies around Jewish frat after swastikas found

March 18, 2015: The Algemeiner – Swastikas Found at Jewish Fraternity at Vanderbilt; University Condemns

March 18, 2015: Vanderbilt Hustler – IFC community sends strong message against swastika ‘hate crime’

March 18, 2015: NBC News – Swastikas Spray-Painted Inside Jewish Fraternity at Vanderbilt

March 17, 2015: The Weekly Standard – Anti-Semitism at Vanderbilt

March 17, 2015: Vanderbilt Hustler – AEPi, administration, community leaders respond to swastika graffiti (updated)

March 17, 2015: The Tennessean – Swastikas painted in Jewish fraternity at Vanderbilt

March 17, 2015: Ynetnews – Swastikas painted in Jewish fraternity in Tennessee

March 17, 2015: WKRN – 3 swastikas found painted in Jewish fraternity house at Vanderbilt

March 17, 2015: Vanderbilt News – Vanderbilt provost condemns vandalism at fraternity house

March 17, 2015: Business Insider – Three swastikas were spray-painted in a Jewish fraternity at Vanderbilt University

March 17, 2015: JTA – Swastikas painted on Jewish frat house at Vanderbilt

February 19, 2015: Proclaiming Justice to the Nations – Vanderbilt ‘Constitutional’ Law Professor Threating to Silence Pro-Israel Rally In Nashville, Tennessee

December 31, 2013: UNIVERSITY STATEMENT – Statement from Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos on boycott of Israeli universities by American Studies Association


Photo Album - Campus Antisemitism

Source Credit: Via Stand With Us Facebook Page, March 2015

Source Credit: Via Stand With Us Facebook Page, March 2015

A sign outside the Tri Delta house at Vanderbilt University condemns anti-Semitism.
(Source Credit: Adam Tamburin / The Tennessean)

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BDS Tracker

No divestment vote has taken place.

BDS Instigators: Student & Faculty


Student Group(s) Promoting BDS: 1
Dores in Solidarity with Palestine


Number of Faculty Endorsing the Academic Boycott of Israel: 5

  1. Houston Baker
  2. Carwil Bjork-James
  3. Colin Dayan
  4. Lesley Gill
  5. Ben Tran

AMCHA Activism

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