The US Department of Education has launched an investigation into Princeton University after its president acknowledged that racism remains “embedded” in the institution.
On Wednesday, representatives of the Trump administration wrote a letter to Princeton University President Christopher Eisgruber about his latest comments on systematic racism.
The Department of Education (DOE) noted that Princeton University received more than $ 75 million in federal funding, despite potentially failing to meet Chapter VI mandates.
“No person in the United States on the basis of race, color, or national origin may be excluded, denied benefits, or discriminated against in any program or activity that receives federal financial assistance.”; to DOU.
Under the charter, federal officials argued that Eisgruber’s recognition had called into question the university’s commitment to non-discriminatory practices.
The U.S. Department of Education said this week that it had launched an investigation into Princeton University after its president, Christopher Eisgruber, published an open letter with systematic racism.
“Based on recognized racism, the US Department of Education (” Department “) is concerned about non-discrimination against Princeton and guaranteeing equal opportunities in its Program Agreements, at least from 2013 to date, may have been erroneous,” the letter said.
“The department is also concerned about Princeton, who may have known, or should have known, that these assurances were untrue at the time of their statement.
“Finally, the Department is also concerned that Princeton’s many claims of non-discrimination and equal opportunities for students, parents and consumers in the education certificate market could be untrue, misleading and significantly distorted.”
Eventually, the DOE could force Princeton University to return the millions of dollars raised over the years.
The Department of Defense, headed by US Secretary of Education Betsy Devos, also requested additional documents and deciphered interviews with selected individuals.
On September 2, Eisgruber posted an open letter on the Princeton University website discussing efforts to combat systematic racism.
The letter was intended to draw attention to initiatives taken at Princeton University to dispel racial inequality.
Princeton University President Christopher Eisgruber (pictured) wrote in an open letter on September 2 that “racist assumptions from the past also remain embedded in the structure of the university itself.”
The letter said: “ Racism and the harm it does to people of color nevertheless persist in Princeton, as in our society, sometimes through conscious intentions, but more often through unexplored assumptions and stereotypes, ignorance or insensitivity, and the systemic legacy of past decisions. and politics.
“ Injustice based on race, health care, police, education and employment in America significantly affects the lives of our employees, students and teachers of color technology.
“Racist assumptions from the past also remain embedded in the structure of the University itself.”
The letter offers an example of systematic racism in the institution, such as “Princeton inherits from previous generations at least nine departments and programs organized around European languages and culture, but only one, relatively small program of African studies.”
In the past, Princeton University has recognized its involvement in racism since 1746, when it was founded as the College of New Jersey.
“The first nine presidents of the university had slaves, the sale of slaves took place on campus in 1766, and the enslaved people lived in the president’s house until at least 1822. One professor owned a slave until 1840,” the website said. Princeton University.
US Secretary of Education Betsy Devos (pictured) answers questions after visiting Forsyth Central High School in Cumming, Georgia
Following the announcement of the DOE, Princeton University issued a statement dismissing the agency’s allegations.
“It is unfortunate that the Department seems to believe that a fair fight against the nation’s history and the current effects of systemic racism is contrary to current legislation,” the statement said.
“The University disagrees and hopes to continue our educational mission, explaining why our statements and actions are in line not only with the law, but also with the highest ideals and aspirations of this country.”
The statement also fostered the institution’s position on systematic racism and defended Eisgruber’s mention of school racism.
“The University also supports our claims about the prevalence of systemic racism and our desire to reckon with its enduring consequences, including racial injustice and racial inequality, which persist throughout American society.” it was read.
Under the Trump administration, experts told The New York Times that this latest investigation proposes a move by conservative politicians to stop admission to colleges based on race.
According to The New York Times, this Department of Defense investigation is the latest in a series of obstacles the Trump administration has put forward in the Ivy Leagues.
Experts told the NYTimes that the decisions were likely a continuation of the GOP’s efforts to stop admission to college-based racing.
In August, the US Department of Justice accused Yale University of violating federal laws by discriminating against Asian Americans and white Americans.
As a result, the Ministry of Justice was asked to stop looking at race or national origin when considering admission. The Justice Department threatened to sue Yale University if it did not, but the school refused earlier this week.
Yale University claimed that its admission policy was in line with federal law.