Department of Education
Harvard is facing two previously unreported federal investigations into its compliance with anti-sex discrimination Title IX.
The Undergraduate Council expressed “disappointment” with Harvard’s decision not to officially take a stance on the Deptartment of Education’s changing federal Title IX guidelines.
In a memo to the Department of Education, the faculty members push for revisions of Obama-era Title IX standards that govern how universities respond to campus sexual harassment and assault..
Graduate School of Education Professors Susan Moore Johnson and Katherine K. Merseth discuss Massachusetts’ charter school ballot measure as Harvard Foundation members Nuha Saho ’18 and Brenda Esqueda ’20 look on. The panel discussion on equity and access in education was hosted by the Harvard Foundation Tuesday night.
As a lawsuit alleging discrimination in Harvard’s admissions practices remains delayed—awaiting a Supreme Court decision on the related affirmative action case Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin—the College’s use of race as a factor in admissions decisions has once again come under scrutiny.
“We have a huge amount of work to do and we need to change this culture and these kinds of realities," University President Drew G. Faust told a packed lecture hall on Monday.
“What campuses are doing under pressure from the Department of Education is hurting the cause of gender equality,” the professor argued.
The final version of the scorecard departs from previous plans, which called for explicit ranking of colleges against one another.
Harvard faces mounting scrutiny into an aspect of its admission process that administrators have long held is central to fostering campus diversity.
The Department of Education decided to dismiss the complaint because it is similar to an ongoing and separate federal lawsuit filed against Harvard.
The U.S. Department of Education now plans to release a data tool for prospective students and their families to compare colleges this summer.