The board of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business sent a letter to the Board of Trustees on Friday, which comes after a letter was sent to embattled university President Liz Magill on Thursday calling for her to resign, according to a report.
The letter, obtained by Axios, says five trustees could call a special meeting to vote to fire Magill, who has come under fire after testifying before Congress about anti-Semitism amid the war between Israel and Hamas. Five people on Wharton’s board of directors also serve as trustees.
“The Board will, of course, vote based on each member’s beliefs, and only the Board of Trustees, in their capacity as stewards of the University, will be able to determine actions that are in the best interest of the University. However, the University’s inaction is disguised in statements of intent and “the information meetings have fostered a climate of The current fear on campus has led to government inquiries, Title VI lawsuits, and statements by numerous media outlets that our beloved university is ground zero for anti-Semitism on campus,” the Wharton board letter said.
A meeting of the UPenn Board of Trustees is scheduled for Sunday, and comes after it held an emergency meeting on Thursday. The meeting was previously scheduled, but Board of Trustees Chairman Scott Bock extended the duration from one to two hours.
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After the meeting, between six and eight members of the Board of Trustees called on Magill to think “long and hard” about whether she can effectively serve as a position. University’s president.
“If the answer is you can’t [function]“We need to know this, and you should resign,” the trustees told Magill, according to the outlet’s source.
Trustees stopped short of explicitly calling for Magill to resign.
Backlash continues to pour in after a congressional hearing on Tuesday after Magill offered a non-answer to New York Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik’s question asking whether “calling for the genocide of Jews violates…[s] Pennsylvania Rules or Code of Conduct? yes or no?”
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“If speech turns into behavior, it can be harassment, yes,” Magill responded, later adding: “It’s a context-dependent decision.”
“This is unacceptable. Ms. Magill, I will give you one more chance for the world to see your answer. Does calling for the genocide of Jews violate the Pennsylvania Code of Conduct when it comes to bullying and harassment? Yes or no?” Stefanik then asked.
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Magill would later Retract her comments In a video posted on X on Wednesday evening.
“There was a moment during yesterday’s congressional hearing on anti-Semitism when I was asked whether calling for the extermination of the Jewish people on our campuses violates our policies. In that moment, I focused on our university’s long-standing policies consistent with the United States,” Magill said. However, expression alone is not punishable.” “I did not focus on the irrefutable fact, but I should have, that calling for the genocide of the Jewish people is calling for some of the most horrific acts of violence that human beings can commit.”