The Justice Department has formally launched an investigation into whether Harvard University uses discriminatory policies when admitting new students. American Oversight, a watchdog group, had requested public records relating to the DOJ’s affirmative action investigations, but was told that releasing the information could “interfere with enforcement proceedings.”
The Justice Department has formally launched an investigation into whether Harvard University uses discriminatory policies when admitting new students.
According to The Washington Examiner, the investigation was confirmed in a recent letter to American Oversight, a nonprofit watchdog organization, in response to the group’s Freedom of Information Act request.
In its letter to the watchdog group, the Justice Department explained that the government would not be able to release documents related to the ongoing investigation since they contain “information compiled for law enforcement purposes,” the release of which “could reasonably be expected to interfere with enforcement proceedings.”
The official confirmation of the probe comes in the wake of a New York Times report in August that outlined the Trump administration’s intent to launch a probe into the allegedly racist school admissions policy.
At the time, the newspaper claimed to have an internal document announcing the Department’s intent to hire lawyers to conduct “investigations and possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination in college and university admissions.”