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IU provost addresses antisemitic comments made on unofficial greek life website

<p>The Helene G. Simon Hillel Center is seen May 12, 2008. IU Hillel spoke out against a series of antisemitic comments recently made on the anonymous website Greek Rank.</p>

The Helene G. Simon Hillel Center is seen May 12, 2008. IU Hillel spoke out against a series of antisemitic comments recently made on the anonymous website Greek Rank.

Editor's Note: This story includes mention of antisemitism.

The police are investigating a series of antisemitic comments targeting Jewish students at IU on the website Greek Rank, according to a statement to IU’s greek life community from Provost and Executive Vice President Rahul Shrivastav.

“This attempt to anonymously spread hate is cowardly, horrific, and simply unacceptable in the IU community,” Shrivastav said in the letter. “A police investigation is underway, and the person or people who made these posts who can be identified will be held accountable.”

Shrivastav said IU is “committed to creating a safe, inclusive environment” in the statement. University officials met with the executive director of IU Hillel, leaders of the IU Panhellenic Association and leaders of the IU Interfraternity Council to address the hateful comments.

IU Hillel said their organization is committed to the safety and security of students, and urges people to reach out to them at any time for support, according to a post on Instagram.

The Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life is in close contact with the leaders of greek life organizations affected by the statements, according to the letter.

Last semester, Jewish institutions on campus alerted IU President Pamela Whitten about an increase in antisemitic incidents, including vandalism and verbal harassment.

If you have experienced an act of antisemitism, you can report incidents of discrimination or harrassment here.

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