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House ed committee won’t tolerate Northwestern’s ‘obstruction,’ chair says

“Northwestern’s capitulation to its antisemitic encampment and its impeding of the committee’s oversight are unbecoming of a leading university,” wrote Rep. Virginia Foxx.

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), chair of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, signs a March 8, 2024 letter to MIT alongside Jewish MIT graduate student  Talia Khan. Credit: House Education and the Workforce Committee.
Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), chair of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, signs a March 8, 2024 letter to MIT alongside Jewish MIT graduate student Talia Khan. Credit: House Education and the Workforce Committee.

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), chair of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, sent a letter to Northwestern University accusing the private school in suburban Chicago of having “obstructed” and “impeded” congressional efforts to monitor the school’s antisemitism problems.

“Unfortunately, rather than being cooperative and transparent, Northwestern has obstructed the committee’s investigation of this matter,” Foxx wrote.

Michael Schill, president of the school in Evanston, Ill., “pointedly refused to answer questions from committee members, made statements at odds with the public record … and demonstrated an overall attitude of contempt for the committee.”

Northwestern didn’t comply adequately with the committee’s prior data request, according to Foxx. “Northwestern produced a mere 13 pages of documents responsive to the committee’s priority requests that were not already public—all of which were formal records of Board of Trustees meetings that lack substantive details of the board’s discussions,” added Foxx.

“Despite the committee’s specific request for records such as notes, summaries and recordings that would offer real insight into the board’s deliberations, Northwestern failed to produce any such responsive documents or certify that they do not exist,” she wrote.

In the letter, Foxx asked the university to provide documents, including communication relating to the “Northwestern Liberated Zone” tent encampment, antisemitic incidents on campus since Oct. 7 and funding provided by Qatar, by June 17.

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