Columbia, Cornell and other colleges face US inquiries over alleged antisemitism and Islamophobia

The U.S. Capitol is seen in Washington, Sunday, May 21, 2023. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government has opened civil rights investigations at seven schools and universities over allegations of antisemitism or Islamophobia since the outbreak of the Israel-Hamas war. It includes three Ivy League institutions — Columbia, Cornell and the University of Pennsylvania — along with Wellesley College, Lafayette College and Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. It also includes Maize Unified School District, a K-12 system in Kansas. The Education Department announced the inquiries on Thursday, calling it part of the Biden administration’s effort to take “aggressive action” against discrimination.