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Three deans at Columbia University were permanently fired after participating in a text message exchange that “touched on old anti-Semitic topoi in a disturbing way.”

The announcement came in messages from Minouche Shafik, president of Columbia University, and Angela V. Olinto, provost.

Shafik wrote: “Whether intended or not, these sentiments are unacceptable and deeply disturbing. They convey a lack of seriousness about the concerns and experiences of members of our Jewish community that is at odds with the values ​​of our university and the standards we must uphold in our community.”

Olinto said three staff members have been permanently terminated from their positions and will remain on leave. The Hill reported that the three deans are Cristen Kromm (student life), Matthew Patashnick (student and family support) and Susan Chang-Kim (vice dean and chief administrative officer).

A fourth member of staff, Dean Josef Sorett, “has apologized and taken full responsibility. He is committed to the work and collaboration necessary to heal the community, learn from this moment and ensure that something like this never happens again.”

Olinto said the office will implement anti-discrimination training for faculty and staff, including on anti-Semitism. She said she will also work closely with Jewish community leaders and develop sustainable engagement and programs with them. Although the three deans have been removed from their posts, CNN confirmed they are still employed at the university.

The Washington Free Beacon was the first to report on the text exchange.

On May 31, there was a panel discussion about Jewish life on campus. During the discussion, four administrators sent each other text messages about the discussion. Participants shared difficult experiences of Jewish students on campus. One person took photos of the text messages, which allowed the messages to reach the editors.

The House Committee on Education and Workforce also released copies of the text messages.

In the text messages, Patashnick wrote, among other things, “He knows exactly what he’s doing and how to make the most of this moment. Huge fundraising potential.” Chang said this “comes from such a privileged position.”

Chang also said, “This board really makes the administration look like a joke.” And Kromm used two vomit emojis after seemingly referring to a comment by Columbia’s campus rabbi, and followed it up with, “Amazing what $$$$ can do.”

After the House committee received the text messages, committee chair Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., issued a statement.

“Jewish students deserve better than to have harassment and threats against them dismissed as ‘privilege,’ and Jewish faculty members deserve better than to be ridiculed by their peers,” Foxx said. “These text messages once again confirm the need for serious accountability across Columbia’s campus.”