Congress opens investigation into Harvard for anti-Semitism on campus | News

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Updated: December 7, 2023, at 5:19 p.m.

The House Education and Workforce Committee has launched a congressional investigation into Harvard over allegations of anti-Semitism on campus, the Committee announced Thursday.

The investigation into Harvard comes two days after Harvard President Claudine Gay testified before Congress during a tense hearing on anti-Semitism on college campuses. Gay, who testified alongside MIT President Sally A. Kornbluth and University of Pennsylvania President Elizabeth Magill, faced a reaction wave about his testimony.

Rep. Elise M. Stefanik ’06 (RN.Y.) announced the investigation in a statement to The Crimson Thursday afternoon.

“After the pathetic and morally failed testimony of university presidents this week in answering my questions, the Committee on Education and the Workforce is launching an official congressional investigation with the full force of subpoena power against Penn, MIT, Harvard and others,” Stefanik wrote. “We will use all of our congressional authority to hold these schools accountable for their failure on the global stage.”

The committee announced in a statement on its official

“These actions will include document requests for his policies and disciplinary records as the Committee examines his apparently dismal record,” the committee added.

Gay said in an interview with The Crimson Thursday afternoon that while Harvard has not received official notification of a Committee investigation, the University would comply with one.

“I’m not even sure what I’m really responding to, but I understand through the news that there is an investigation,” Gay said. “Once we receive official notification, we will comply with any information requested.”

University spokesman Jason A. Newton wrote in a statement that Harvard “looks forward to sharing information with the Committee” during its investigation.

“Harvard’s work to combat anti-Semitism in our community moves forward with the utmost commitment and attention from university leaders,” he wrote.

Rep. Virginia A. Foxx (R.N.C.), chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, confirmed the opening of a formal congressional hearing on Harvard.

“The testimony we received earlier this week from Presidents Gay, Magill and Kornbluth regarding Harvard, UPenn and MIT’s responses to rampant anti-Semitism displayed on their campuses by students and faculty was absolutely unacceptable,” Foxx said. “Committee members are deeply concerned about his leadership and his failure to take steps to provide Jewish students with the safe learning environment to which they are entitled under the law.”

“Given these institutional and personal failures, the Committee is opening a formal investigation into the learning environments at Harvard, UPenn, and MIT and their disciplinary policies and procedures,” Foxx added.

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