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Minneapolis, Minn.’s St. Cloud State University agreed Tuesday to pay nearly $1 million over the next five years to settle allegations of anti-Semitism among administrators and professors. Three faculty members who sued a year ago — Arie Zmora, Laurinda Stryker and Geoffrey Tabakin — will receive $314,678, while other faculty members who filed discrimination or retaliation complaints will share $50,000. The lawsuit alleged department administrators disparaged classes taught by Jewish professors to persuade students not to take the courses. The lawsuit also said Jewish faculty members were paid less, denied promotions, and not given full credit for their teaching experience. Under the proposed settlement, which still requires approval from a federal judge, the university also agreed to create a Jewish Studies and Resources Center and hire a coordinator who will also teach classes. The center will be funded for at least five years at about $125,000 a year. “The most important thing is that this is a moral victory, a vindication,” said Zmora, who is now a part-time history professor at the University of Minnesota. The university also agreed to several other steps, including mandatory diversity training for faculty and staff. The university did not admit to any wrongdoing. “St. Cloud State University deeply regrets any acts of anti-Semitism that have occurred on the university campus or in the community,” said Roy Saigo, president of St. Cloud State. Copyright 2002 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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