Students affiliated with those groups were doxxed, family members were threatened, and influential executives demanded names of students to bar from hiring. A truck with a digital billboard flashed student names and photos declaring them “Harvard’s Leading Antisemites.”
The campus, and its students, would continue to receive outsize attention, much of it after the appearance of Ms. Gay at a congressional hearing on antisemitism. Criticism of her responses in that December hearing, charges that she was not doing enough to crack down on antisemitism, and later accusations of plagiarism, would lead to her toppling.
The opening of an investigation under Title VI, for discrimination involving “shared ancestry,” by the Office of Civil Rights does not imply wrongdoing.
The government publicly discloses the existence of its investigations, but does not usually reveal the specific claims it is looking into. Universities could lose federal funding for civil rights violations.
A flurry of such complaints have been filed in recent months, often over allegations of failing to protect Jewish students, including at Harvard. More than five dozen investigations have been opened since October, mostly at colleges but also at schools and school districts.