Universities face tax-exempt status investigation over allowing ‘harassment’ of Jewish students

EXCLUSIVE — House Republicans are scrutinizing the tax-exempt status of four elite universities as part of a new investigation into the schools’ alleged “failure to adequately protect Jewish students from discrimination and harassment,” the Washington Examiner has learned.

The investigation, which focuses on Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Pennsylvania, and Cornell University, was launched this week by the House Ways and Means Committee. News of its existence comes as conservatives take aim at schools for seemingly being late to condemn the Oct. 7, 2023, Hamas-led terrorist attacks against Israel, while promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion policies that lawmakers argue “raise questions about moral clarity,” according to a letter the GOP-led panel’s chairman, Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO), sent Wednesday to the presidents of the four universities.

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