N.Y. University Eliminates Questions Regarding Religion from Applications for Admission

Supreme Court Justice Meier Steinbrink, chairman of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Region of the Anti-Defamation League, today made public an exchange of letters between Chancellor Harry Woodburn Chase of New York University and himself, in which Chancellor Chase declared that all questions regarding religion and nationality would henceforth be eliminated from applications for admission to New York University.

These letters grew out of the denunciation by the Anti-Defamation League of the confidential report sent by Dr. Harlan H. Horner, secretary of the Council on Dental Education, to New York University, urging reduction in the number of Jewish students and Jewish members of the faculty at the College of Dentistry at New York University.

In the letter made public today, Chancellor Chase stated that questions on application blanks regarding nationality and religion “will no longer be asked as part of our application procedure. A separate card, only for religious data, will be provided which the student may fill out after he has been admitted. This represents on our part no change in our policy which has always been one of non-discrimination in matters of race and religion, but simply the cmission of requests for data which might lead some to wrong conclusions regarding our policy.”

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