House Republicans Hit Harvard With Subpoena in Antisemitism Investigation

February 16, 2024 1 min read

1 Comment

Amanda Yen
Daily Beast

Excerpt: The House committee investigating alleged antisemitism at elite universities will subpoena Harvard University for documents relating to its handling of campus speech.

The Republican-led House Committee on Education and the Workforce announced its decision—which marks the first time a university has been served with a subpoena in the panel’s history—Friday morning in statement. It said subpoenas were necessary because Harvard failed to hand over “priority documents” to the committee, instead providing many that were already public.

Click here for link to full article

1 Response

James R. Wells, '46
James R. Wells, '46

February 20, 2024

Can’t understand why the Federal Government doesn’t just cease all funding (taxpayer money, after all) to higher education and stop providing student loans (again using taxpayer money). Let Universities operate like businesses and compete on their own for students (customers). I suspect colleges would suddenly become competitive and cut back on unnecessary costs (like hundreds of useless deans) and they might even start teaching useful courses – perhaps even courses that would help students get jobs and eventually be useful and productive citizens.

JRW

Leave a comment


Also in National Free Speech News & Commentary

Columbia Moves to Remote Classes amid Anti-Israel Campus Chaos

April 22, 2024 1 min read

Abigail Anthony
National Review

Excerpt: Columbia University president Minouche Shafik condemned the “intimidating and harassing behavior” that has occurred on the New York City campus over the past several days and announced that classes would be held remotely on Monday.

“Antisemitic language, like any other language that is used to hurt and frighten people, is unacceptable and appropriate action will be taken,” Shafik said in a statement. She further suggested that “tensions have been exploited and amplified by individuals who are not affiliated with Columbia who have come to campus to pursue their own agendas.”
Read More
Commentary: The Biden administration walks back the Title IX improvements of Betsy DeVos

April 21, 2024 1 min read

Jerry Coyne
Why Evolution is True

Excerpt: A recent announcement from The Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE) tells us something we knew was coming: the Biden Administration is walking back the improvements in Title IX made by Betsy DeVos. (Yes, it was one of the few good things done under Trump.) The original rules, which bear on how colleges adjudicate sexual misconduct, were put in place by Obama, then rolled back and made more fair by DeVos, and now Biden’s reverting the law to the Obama standards, which are palpably unfair because they take away rights from the accused that are in place in real courts.
Read More
Trustees disperse from Yale Corporation meeting as protesters march to confront them

April 20, 2024 1 min read

Yolanda Wang, Yurii Stasiuk, and Tristan Hernandez
Yale Daily News

Excerpt: Early Saturday morning, the Yale Corporation — the University’s highest governing body, which includes 16 trustees as well as University President Peter Salovey — convened at the Greenberg Conference Center for their last meeting before the summer recess.

The Yale Corporation meeting comes the morning after pro-divestment protesters stayed overnight on Beinecke Plaza with an encampment of more than 25 tents. The encampment followed a mass protest during Salovey’s farewell dinner in the Schwarzman Center last night, and a week-long effort by various students and groups to occupy the plaza. The Corporation — which is in charge of the search for Yale’s 24th president — is also in the eighth month of its search but has not shared a timeline for when the decision will be made. Salovey is set to step down on June 30.
Read More