US Department Of Education Opens Investigations Into 7 Schools

The U.S. Department of Education is opening various investigations into universities and schools where complaints of antisemitism and Islamophobia have been reported. The Department of Education is using its rights under Title IV to investigate these claims.

Under Title IV, discrimination based on race or a person’s shared ancestry is banned at schools that receive federal funding. If found guilty, these schools under investigation could lose federal funding. Universities and schools found guilty under this title could also be referred by the department to the Department of Justice.

According to ABC News, at least seven schools have been contacted by the Department of Education to be told they are under investigation. These schools are Cornell University, Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, Wellesley College, Lafayette College, and the Cooper Union for Advancement of Science and Art.

The Maize Unified School District in Kansas is also under investigation. Five cases deal with antisemitism, while two are concerned with Islamophobia.

The U.S. Department of Education’s latest moves are the first after escalated tensions in the country made headlines amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas war. Since Hamas’ deadly terrorist attack on Oct. 7, which killed more than 1,200 Israelis, college campuses have become home to everything from protests to reportedly violent actions.

Since the Israel-Hamas war began, record complaints have been filed with the Office of Civil Rights. As tensions on college campuses continue to flare, more investigations at various universities and schools may be announced in the future.

The Department of Education’s investigations also come amid extreme violence against college students. At Cornell University, a student was arrested and charged after allegedly making threats against Jewish students on campus.

Meanwhile, at Stanford University, an Arab Muslim student was reportedly hit by a vehicle on purpose. Now, this incident is being investigated as a hate crime.

Just last week, President Joe Biden’s administration attempted to calm some of the tension on college campuses, while also reminding universities and schools that they had to protect their students from violence.

This letter from the administration reminded schools that they have a legal obligation to “address prohibited discrimination against students and others on your campus — including those who are or are perceived to be Jewish, Israeli, Muslim, Arab, or Palestinian.”