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REPORT CLEARS PROFESSORS OF HARASSING STUDENTS

Columbia University's Middle Eastern studies professors did not engage in large-scale intimidation of pro-
Israel students, but one angry professor exceeded "commonly accepted bounds" of behavior in the classroom, a long-awaited university report said Thursday.

A five-member panel criticized Joseph Massad, a professor of modern Arab politics and intellectual history, for implying that a student should leave his class after she defended Israel's conduct toward Palestinians.

As a result of the report, new procedures will be announced within weeks to cover any lapses, said Lee Bollinger, Columbia's president.

Massad repeatedly has denied the allegations of intimidating the student after accusing her of denying that Palestinians are victims of Israeli "atrocities," and the university has taken no action against him.

Bollinger ordered the investigation after a group of students made a video alleging that Middle Eastern studies professors had harassed them.

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