New York (May. 17)
The move by the New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners to revoke the charter of Essex College of Medicine and Surgery, the only medical school in the state, is motivated by opposition to the institution’s policy of non-discrimination, Dr. A.M. Koch, president of the college, charged today.
The only real issue is that of racial and religious discrimination, he said. “There are those who oppose the absence of a quota system in our college. We welcome any impartial survey by the American Medical Association or by any other competent group, but we urge that the inquiry be extended to cover the basic question of un-American discrimination against members of minority groups by most medical schools.”
Columbia University, which has been accused of using a quota system, was the subject of a hearing today by the Rules Committee of the City Council, which is considering a resolution calling upon the Tax Commission to revoke the university’s tax exemption because of its bias in enrollment. (As the Bulletin went to press the hearing had not concluded.)
The resolution, which was introduced by Councilman Eugene Connolly, has evoked a statement from Sen. Robert F. Wagner calling for “appropriate measures” to and discrimination in educational institutions.
Meanwhile, the Columbia chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity was aroused at the revelation that the national charter of the fraternity limits membership to those of the “Aryan” race and bars persons “either of whose parents is a full-blooded Jew.” The group also bans Negroes and members of the “Mongolian race.” A spokesman for the university disclaimed any authority over the fraternities.