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Three professors who allege they have been denied promotions and equal pay because of anti-Semitism are suing St. Cloud State University for discrimination. The professors filed suit against the Minnesota school Wednesday claiming department administrators disparage classes taught by Jewish professors and alleging they’re not given full credit for former teaching experience. “It’s time to fix the problem. There have been decades of anti-Semitism at St. Cloud State,” said Judy Schermer, a lawyer representing the professors and a non-Jewish student who joined the lawsuit. “We feel there have been enough investigations.” A university-commissioned report by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas concluded in July that the university exhibited a “strong perception” of anti-Semitism. In response, university President Roy Saigo said the school acted on some concerns but noted the July report was based on anecdotal evidence. “When concerns are raised, the university takes appropriate steps to respond. The university is reviewing the complaint filed today and does not intend to comment on its merits,” the university and the Minnesota State Colleges and University system said in a joint statement Wednesday. History professor Arie Zmora, who left St. Cloud State last summer after two years, alleges in the lawsuit that he was denied an interview for a tenure-track position after giving a lecture on the Holocaust. The school has said the search committee felt Zmora didn’t have the highest qualifications of all the candidates for the tenured position. History professor Laurinda Stryker claims a recommendation for her non-retention was in retaliation for speaking out against the discrimination. Robbi Hoy, a non-Jewish student, alleges the dean of the social sciences department changed her grade from an “A” to an incomplete after she helped organize a discussion about discrimination. The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages and class action status, but Schermer said she’s unsure how many people would be covered under a class action suit. Of the 750 faculty members, about 20 identify themselves as Jewish. Of about 16,500 students, about a dozen openly identify themselves as Jewish. Copyright 2001 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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