Columbia deans removed for antisemitic texts

by ian

Multiple deans at Columbia University are suffering serious professional consequences after sharing text messages university officials have said were antisemitic.

Cristen Kromm, Former dean of undergraduate student life; Susan Chang-Kim, former vice dean and chief administrative officer; and Matthew Patashnick, former associate dean of student and family support, have all been indefinitely suspended by the university.

The three were caught sharing mocking text messages about the school’s Jewish Life on Campus event, where speakers discussed the rise of antisemitism on campus. In their text exchanges, the deans dismissed the speakers’ concerns, saying pro-Israel advocates were using the event for “fundraising potential.”

Colombia’s president said the messages touched on “antisemitic tropes,” describing them as “unacceptable and deeply upsetting.”