The Department of Education has announced it will investigate Princeton University after President Christopher Eisgruber wrote a letter decrying his school’s “racism” and the US’s “anti-blackness.”
A formal records request has been sent to the university to make sure they are not using racist practices and violating Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which says that no person “on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
If found guilty of any misdoings, the university could therefore lose millions in funds they receive from the federal government.
“Racism and the damage it does to people of color persist at Princeton,” he continued, adding that “racist assumptions” are “embedded in the structures of the university itself.” In his letter, Eisguiber promised a series of policy changes, including efforts to create diversity quotas for students and faculty.
In the Department of Education’s letter to the school, which was obtained by The Washington Examiner, they say it is the “admitted racism” in Eisgruber’s letter that has spurred the investigation.
“Based on its admitted racism, the US Department of Education is concerned Princeton’s nondiscrimination and equal opportunity assurances in its Program Participation Agreements from at least 2013 to the present may have been false,” the letter reads.