Education Department investigates Princeton for admitting ‘systemic racism’ on campus

The Trump administration has opened an investigation into Princeton University over the school president’s recent statement that students there face “systematic racism” and that racism is “embedded” in the structures of the university.



a group of people in front of a brick building: Students walking along Princeton's campus.


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Students walking along Princeton’s campus.

Education Department officials notified Princeton this week that they are examining whether the university’s “admitted racism” means that it made materially false statements when it for years assured the public and the federal government that it doesn’t discriminate based on race.

At issue is a message Princeton’s president, Christopher Eisgruber, wrote to the university earlier this month discussing efforts to combat “systemic racism” at the school, as well as examine decisions and policies that have excluded students of color and other marginalized groups.

“Racism and the damage it does to people of color nevertheless persist at Princeton as in our society, sometimes by conscious intention

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Education Department launches investigation after Princeton’s president confronts ‘systemic racism’ on campus

“On September 2, 2020, you admitted Princeton’s educational program is and for decades has been racist,” the Education Department stated in a letter to the university. It cited school President Christopher L. Eisgruber’s statements that racism and the damage it does to people of color persist at Princeton, and that racist assumptions remain embedded in the structures of the university.

Like many universities and other institutions across the country in a summer of racial reckoning, Princeton has been delving into its history and asking what changes it could make. The department’s letter comes at a politically fraught time, weeks before the election, when President Trump has moved to overhaul federal agencies’ racial sensitivity trainings and called for a “pro-American” curriculum in schools that “celebrates the truth about our nation’s great history.”

On Thursday, Trump said that U.S. schools are indoctrinating children with a left-wing agenda and that the result could

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Chartwells Higher Education Celebrates Achievements of Campus Partners Across the Country

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Chartwells Higher Education, a recognized leader in contract food service management, today celebrates the success of its college and university partners achieved through continued excellence in food service, including recent awards and recognitions from Niche, First Coast Worksite Wellness Council, and Food Management Magazine.

“We’re thrilled to see our dining teams and partners across the country getting these recognitions,” said Lisa McEuen, CEO of Chartwells Higher Education. “The hard work and dedication our front-line associates and partners put in every day on campus and in the community is inspiring, and we’re extremely proud to highlight the achievements they’ve earned for their exceptional work, care, and character.”

Chartwells’ college and university dining teams nationwide were recently spotlighted from a variety of institutions for their commitment to providing exceptional campus dining experiences, including:

  • Niche’s 2021 Best College Food List: Niche, a leading K-12 and
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Readout from the Vice President’s Briefing with Higher Education Leaders and State and Local Officials on Campus COVID-19 Considerations

Vice President Mike Pence today led a discussion with college presidents, state and local leaders, the Secretary of Education, and members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force to brief them on the principles contained in the recently released “Recommendations for College Students.” These principles are intended to keep schools open while mitigating community spread.

The Vice President highlighted a number of states and institutions that have taken innovative and collaborative approaches to return students to their campuses. For example: Colorado State University is using surveillance testing to monitor the potential spread of COVID-19 and the University of Notre Dame quickly and efficiently dealt with an outbreak on campus. The Vice President also emphasized the importance of keeping our schools open and students on or near campus, and praised the efforts of all essential workers who have made school reopening possible, including teachers.

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos provided remarks

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