House Education and Workforce Committee Chairwoman Rep. Virginia Foxx, R.N.C., issued subpoenas to multiple Harvard University leaders for “failing to produce priority documents” related to the University’s anti-Semitism investigation. committee at Ivy League school.

He previously threatened to issue subpoenas if Harvard did not submit enough documents in two of the four priority requests and gave the university until 5 p.m. on February 14 to do so.

“Last week, I made it very clear to Harvard that the documents it had submitted up to that point were grossly insufficient. I warned that a subpoena would be warranted if the university continued to fail, giving it ample opportunity to correct course before mandatory action was taken.” Foxx said in a press release on Friday. “Unfortunately, Harvard failed to heed the Committee’s warning and once again failed to comply with the Committee’s requests.”

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Rep. Virginia Foxx, R.N.C., issued subpoenas to three Harvard leaders after the university failed to provide adequate documents to a House committee’s investigation into anti-Semitism on campus. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

Harvard must now produce 11 key areas of documentation showing what actions the university has taken or will take to ensure that Jewish students “feel safe and welcome on campus.”

The subpoenas were served on Harvard Corporation Senior Fellow Penny Pritzker, Acting President Dr. Alan Garber, and Harvard Management Company CEO NP Narvekar.

“It is my hope that these subpoenas serve as a wake-up call to Harvard so that Congress does not tolerate anti-Semitic hate in its classrooms or campuses,” Foxx said.

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Pro-Palestinian protesters gather at Harvard University for a campus rally in support of Gaza on October 14, 2023. (OSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images)

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She added that she is “extremely disappointed” by Harvard’s decision not to fully comply with what the committee asked of them regarding the investigation. While she said the university has produced 2,516 pages of documents, more than 40% of them were already publicly available.

“Harvard’s continued failure to meet the Committee’s requests is unacceptable. I will not tolerate the delay and challenge to our investigation as Harvard’s Jewish students continue to endure the storm of anti-Semitism that has engulfed their campus,” he said.

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Harvard University is being investigated by Foxx’s House committee after congressional testimony led lawmakers to believe anti-Semitism is widespread on campus. (JOSÉ PREZIOSO / Contributor)

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The decision to issue subpoenas came after multiple requests to Harvard for more information about the committee’s investigation into anti-Semitic incidents on campus, which began on December 20, 2023. Foxx said the initial request included “an extensive list of documents” that the committee planned. ask, specifically for the benefit of Harvard.

Notices were sent again on January 9 and 23 to fully comply with the committee’s requests before the warning was issued on February 7.

“Given that Harvard did not comply with the document requests outlined in the February 7 letter, and to avoid further delays in its investigation, the Committee should now require the production of all responsive documents,” Foxx wrote in the letters. presentation accompanying the citations.

The documents requested in the subpoenas must be submitted before 5 pm on March 4.

By Sam