Substantiating proof of the results announced by the “Jewish Daily Bulletin” survey that no discrimination is practiced against Jewish students in American universities, is contained in a description of the situation at the University of Chicago by the survey correspondents there.
“We students of the University of Chicago who belong to the Jewish faith have no complaint to make. We are admitted everywhere, in dramatics, in newspaper work, in glee clubs, into Phi Betta Kappa, just as long as one has the ability that is required of any student.
“Orthodox Jewish students who remain out of school on the Jewish holidays find the instructors willing to cooperate in making up lost work.
“There are eight Jewish fraternities. If there were any anti-Semitic tendencies the number of Jewish fraternities would be restricted.
“There have been rumors that the number of Jewish students is limited. This is not borne out in fact.
“We do have a new Jewish students organization on our campus and the leading Gentile organization on the campus, the Y. M. C. A. is giving us its full cooperation.
“I am unable to detect evidences of discrimination in any general tests delivered by the institution, all denominational questions being omitted. The Jewish student body is tending to increase rapidly, ranking second on the campus in the number of students affiliated with any sect.
“The Inter-Fraternity Council, composed of representatives of all fraternities of the ‘under-grad’ school recognizes no discriminating actions. Jewish representatives attend group dinners at Gentile fraternity houses, and our organizations reciprocate pleasantly and hospitably.
“The University of Chicago offers a huge number of scholarships and there are no restrictions as to religion, color or creed. The predominant method of selection for students to receive said scholarship is the scholastic grade.
“There are no tendencies to exclude Jewish members from athletic competition, Jewish athletes being on every varsity team.
“There is no external evidence of bias on the campus, but the Jewish students are notably weak in the election of class officers. I can imagine of no way in which Jewish students have been discriminated against or in which anti-Semitic tendencies figured.”
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