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President of Wisconsin University Denies Anti-jewish Discrimination

October 6, 1926
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(Jewish Daily Bulletin Mail Service)

A ban on Jewish students may be the individual policy of some employe, but it is not and never can be the policy of the University of Wisconsin.

President Glenn Frank emphasized this in discussing the complaint of a Milwaukee Jewish organization over a letter written by Miss Alice King, university employment officer, in which she spoke of “barring students of Jewish faith from work in the school library.”

The student in question was Alex Stern. Milwaukee, who was highly recommended for a position by M.S. Dudgeon, Milwaukee public librarian. The letter that aroused the controversy was sent by Miss King to Mr. Dudgeon.

President Frank declared that in any large organization some employe is likely to make the mistake of inferring that his personal policy is the policy of the institution.

President Frank added that he had made it plain to the library heads that in the future racial or religious questions would play no part in employment for any position.

“It was a case of one employe expressing a personal policy rather than a university policy, but as far as I can tell there has been no general racial discrimination.” President Frank said. “I have found that, considering their number enrolled. Jewish students have more than their quota of jobs in the university service.”

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