Diversity professor accused of verbally attacking students after terrorism remark cleared of any wrongdoing

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George Washington University stands by post-Professor of Diversity A Complaint to the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights She claimed to have created a psychologically traumatic classroom environment, which the students said caused them to cry and take antidepressants.

GWU released summary findings Monday of an internal investigation into clinical psychologist Lara Sheehy, which found “no evidence that the rhetoric crossed the line.”

Sheehy, who teaches a mandatory diversity class, “offended” and publicly reprimanded an Islamophobic student for using the term “A terrorist attackK,” the original complaint filed in Jan.

“We were insulted,” one student told the Daily newspaper, “and she twisted our words to make us sound like the problem, which is fairly classic anti-Semitism, to put the light on the Jew, put the light on the Jew, and make us sound like we’re the issue.” caller.

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A diverse professor and clinical psychologist is the subject of a complaint from a Jewish organization for allegedly creating a hostile environment in a compulsory classroom.

A diverse professor and clinical psychologist is the subject of a complaint from a Jewish organization for allegedly creating a hostile environment in a compulsory classroom. (Mahmoud Homs/AFP via Getty Images)

One student reported that he “cried” after Sheehy brought in a speaker who, as alleged in the complaint, justified violence against civilians in Israel.

According to the complaint, when he told a student Sheehy that she felt “insecure in a program that would invite a speaker who endorses violence against Israeli civilians and therefore might celebrate the killing of her Israeli relatives.” In response, Professor Sheehy called the student and made a “harmful Islamophobic and anti-Palestinian” comment and added That “a stone is not compared to an army.”

“This had a very real effect on me and the other students,” one student told the Jewish Journal. “More than one of us had to take antidepressants as a result. I had to pause my part-time job, I couldn’t keep food down, I couldn’t sleep because this really was an assault on my identity in class… It took a real physical and psychological toll.”

GWU did not provide comment when asked by Fox News Digital about emotional damage allegedly caused to Jewish students by a clinical psychologist in a mandatory diversity class.

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Palestinians chant slogans and wave Hamas flags during an anti-Israel demonstration in the Old City of Jerusalem, Friday, April 15, 2022.

Palestinians chant slogans and wave Hamas flags during an anti-Israel demonstration in the Old City of Jerusalem, Friday, April 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Elyan)

The complaint said the students alleged that Shehhi began a defamation campaign against them after they complained of anti-Semitism.

One student told The Algemeiner: “The college has turned against Jewish students by spreading lies about us and our behaviour.

Students said they were subjected to “disciplinary measures” that “virtually silenced us.”

GWU denied any retaliation in its internal investigation.

Lara Sheehy alleged that the student's use of the term

Lara Sheehy claimed that the student’s use of the term “terrorist attack” was “Islamophobia”. (Anas Baba/AFP via Getty Images)

StandWithUs, an Israeli education group, criticized the university, saying, “The administration’s attitude that students who raise concerns about identity discrimination have a ‘lack of a skill or subject area’ is precisely what makes the process vindictive here. Moreover, the claim that these The process, which could result in a permanent black mark on these students’ records and irreparable damage to their future careers, is neither discriminatory nor disciplinary and is at best ignorant of reality and at worst intentionally misleading.”

Sheehy represents the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

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They earlier said Sheehy had been “unfairly accused of discrimination and anti-Semitism” due to a “larger, politically and racially motivated campaign against Dr. Sheehy due to her studies and political activism outside the classroom”.

“We understand that these allegations could not have led to such an exaggerated and biased response before [George Washington]And they would not find any attraction in public opinion if Dr. Al-Shehhi was not an Arab and did not focus her studies and activities on Palestine. These smear campaigns, aimed at silencing dissenting voices, are rooted in anti-Arab and anti-Palestinian racism, a form of racism that silences, excludes, eliminates, stereotypes, distorts, and dehumanizes Arabs and their narratives.”

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