Wellesley College Under Federal Investigation For Alleged Discrimination

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WELLESLEY, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — As the Israel-Hamas War continues to claim more lives, a local university is under federal investigation for hate on campus.

The Department of Education (DOE) released a list of the higher education and K-12 institutions under investigation for alleged shared ancestry violations of Title VI, which prohibits discrimination, including harassment based on a person’s shared ancestry or ethnic characteristics. Wellesley College was the only Mass. school on the list.

Back in Oct., Wellesley College President Paula A. Johnson released a statement condemning antisemitism and Islamophobia on campus, following a public targeting of students online.

“I know some parents are concerned about the well-being of their students because of recent posts online. As president of Wellesley, my highest priority is the safety of our students and of the entire College community,” said Johnson.

On Nov. 10, the Brandeis Center and Jewish on Campus filed Title VI complaints with the DOE, citing an antisemitic email from a residential advisor, President Johnson’s response and a panel that faculty hosted about the conflict.

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