Harvard Responds to Antisemitism Probe with Extensive Document Submission

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Harvard University has submitted a significant collection of documents in response to a subpoena from the House Education and Workforce Committee, addressing allegations of antisemitism on campus. This marks the first subpoena issued by the committee since its establishment in 1867.

The university, facing accusations of obstruction, delivered nearly 4,900 pages of information by the 5 pm ET deadline on Monday.

The House Education Committee, led by Rep. Virginia Foxx, accused Harvard of hindering the investigation into campus antisemitism. Harvard asserts it is responding “in good faith” and actively combating antisemitism.

The university has denounced antisemitism on its campus, expressing a commitment to identifying and addressing the root causes of such behaviours.

Since January, Harvard has engaged in 11 rounds of document submissions, providing both public and non-public information and internal communications as requested by the committee. The submitted materials aim to reveal the steps the university has taken and plans to take to ensure the safety of Jewish students on campus.

Three Harvard officials were subpoenaed on February 16, including the interim president, leader of the Harvard Corporation, and CEO of the Harvard Management Company.

Harvard Responds to Antisemitism Probe with Extensive Document Submission

The committee sought documents in key areas, such as reports of antisemitic acts since early 2021, communications related to disciplinary actions for antisemitism, and meeting minutes of top Harvard boards since that time.

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Harvard’s response included a four-page overview detailing steps taken to combat antisemitism on campus.

Measures include increased security in vulnerable spaces, heightened police presence at Jewish community events, and occasional restrictions on access to certain areas. The university has engaged with social media platforms to address the rise in antisemitic posts.

The House Education Committee will now review the submitted documents to assess the adequacy of Harvard’s responses. The university’s cooperation demonstrates its dedication to fostering a secure and inclusive environment for all students.

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