The US Department of Education launched an investigation into Princeton University after the president acknowledged that racism remained ’embedded’ at the institution.
Officials at the Trump administration on Wednesday wrote a letter to Princeton University President Christopher Eisgruber about his recent comments on systematic racism.
The Department of Education (DOE) noted that Princeton University had received more than $ 75 million in federal funding, despite the fact that they may not have followed the mandates of Title VI.
“No person in the United States may, on the basis of race, color or national origin, be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of or discriminated against under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance,”
Under such a charter, federal officials claimed that Eisgruber’s recognition had led them to question the university’s commitment to non-discriminatory practices.
The US Department of Education said this week that it was launching an investigation into Princeton University after its president Christopher Eisgruber published an open letter on systematic racism.
“Based on its acknowledged racism, the US Department of Education is concerned that Princeton is not discriminating and assurances of equal opportunities in its program participation agreements from at least 2013 to today may have been false,” the letter read.
‘The department is further concerned that Princeton may have known, or should have known, that these assurances were false when they were made.
“Finally, the department is concerned that Princeton’s many non-discrimination and claims for equal opportunities for students, parents and consumers in the diploma market may have been false, misleading and concretely substantiated.”
The DOE can then force Princeton University to repay the millions of dollars it has raised over the years.
The DOE, led by US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, also requested additional documents and transcribed interviews with selected individuals.
On September 2, Eisgruber published an open letter on Princeton University’s website discussing efforts to combat systematic racism.
The letter was intended to draw attention to initiatives taken at Princeton University to eliminate 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 structures of the university itself”
The letter reads: ‘Racism and the harm it does to people of color still persists in Princeton as in our society, sometimes through conscious intent but more often through untested assumptions and stereotypes, ignorance or insensitivity and the systemic legacy of past decisions and policies. .
“Racial inequalities in America’s health care, police, education, and employment systems are profoundly affecting the lives of our individuals, students, and the Faculty of Color.
“Racist assumptions from the past also remain embedded in the structures of the university itself.”
The letter provided an example of systematic racism at the department, as ‘Princeton inherits from previous generations at least nine departments and programs organized around European languages and culture, but only a single, relatively small program in African studies.’
Princeton University has previously acknowledged that racism began in 1746 when it was founded as the College of New Jersey.
“The university’s first nine presidents owned all the slaves, a slave sale took place on campus in 1766, and the slave lived at the president’s house until at least 1822. A professor owned a slave as late as 1840,” according to Princeton University’s website.
US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos (pictured) answers questions after visiting Forsyth Central High School in Cumming, Georgia
Following the DOE’s announcement, Princeton University released a statement withdrawing the agency’s allegations.
“It is unfortunate that the department seems to believe that fighting honestly with the nation’s history and the current effects of systemic racism is contrary to existing law,” the statement read.
‘The university does not agree and looks forward to promoting our educational mission by explaining why our statements and actions not only comply with the law but also with the highest ideals and ambitions of this country.’
The statement also promoted the department’s position on systematic racism and defended Eisgruber’s mention of racism at school.
“The University also stands by our statements about the prevalence of systemic racism and our commitment to reckon with its continuing effects, including racial injustice and racial injustices that persist throughout American society.” It said.
During the Trump administration, experts told the New York Times that the latest investigation suggested that conservative politicians would move to stop racially based college admissions
As noted by the New York Times, this DOE investigation is the latest in a series of obstacles the Trump administration has targeted the Ivy League.
Experts told NYTimes that the decision was likely to be an extension of GOP efforts to stop race-based college admissions.
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 DOJ was asked to stop looking at race or national origin when considering admission. The DOJ threatened a lawsuit if Yale University did not follow, but the school declined earlier this week.
Yale University claimed that its admissions policy was in line with federal law.