WASHINGTON — Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, introduced the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2019. The Anti-Semitism Awareness Act provides the U.S. Department of Education with an additional resource to better help the department investigate potentially anti-Semitic behavior on college campuses.

“Anti-Semitism on college campuses has become all too common, and it is infringing on the civil rights of Jewish students,” said Collins. “The Anti-Semitism Awareness Act provides the Department of Education an effective tool for investigating whether prohibited discriminatory actions have become a barrier to learning. We want to provide the department with the resources necessary to protect the First Amendment rights of students and to ensure all students receive equal educational opportunities.”  

The Anti-Semitism Awareness Act provides the Department of Education with an additional resource, relied upon by the State Department, to fight anti-Semitism on college campuses, a form of discrimination prohibited under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the bill directs the department to consult the State Department’s guidance on identifying anti-Semitism as it considers potentially anti-Semitic conduct on college campuses.

The Anti-Semitism Awareness Act has been introduced the last three Congresses. The bill text is available here.