Internal Probe Clears Brooklyn College Official

By Forward Staff

Published May 15, 2012.

An internal investigation on Tuesday cleared Brooklyn College’s provost of allegations that he discriminated against four observant Jewish professors.

The report concluded that Provost William Tramontano did not act improperly in denying promotions to the three Orthodox women and one man.

“Each of the cases involved a decision based on a good faith application of academic judgment or employment procedures unrelated to any prejudice or bias,” concluded the 24-page report.

The investigation was carried out by a top City University of New York legal official and an outside lawyer from the Proskauer Rose law firm.

Last month, several New York lawmakers wrote to CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein to complain about alleged anti-Semitism at Brooklyn College. The claim was that the Jewish lecturers at the school’s business school were denied promotions because they were observant Jews.

Spokesman Jeremy Thompson said Brooklyn College was pleased the probe found the claims were “entirely without merit.”

“Brooklyn College remains a welcoming place for faculty, students, and staff from all backgrounds, as it has been for more than 80 years,” Thompson said.



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