Antisemitism at Yale, Univ. of Michigan to face congressional scrutiny

First appearance on FOXThe dates for closed-door interviews with top university presidents were announced as House Republicans continue their investigation into anti-Semitism at educational institutions across the country.

On Wednesday, the House Education and Labor Committee notified two university officials that recordings of upcoming interviews would be closed to the press.

Yale University President Peter Salovey is scheduled to speak with the committee in a closed-door interview on June 20 at 10:30 a.m., and University of Michigan President Santa J. Ono is scheduled to appear for a private interview on Aug. 9 at 10 a.m.

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Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-Ill.) announced the dates for closed-door interviews with the presidents of Yale University and the University of Michigan regarding anti-Semitism. (Getty Images)

“The committee has identified patterns of anti-Semitism on the Yale and Michigan campuses and the overall failure of these institutions to protect Jewish students that must be addressed. President Salovey and President Ono will be required to appear before the committee, participate in recorded interviews, and answer questions on the record,” committee chair Virginia Foxx, RN, said in a statement to Fox News Digital.

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Anti-Semitism Hearings

Several university presidents are already attending the council. (Getty Images)

“Questioning will be conducted by attorneys and committee staff appointed by the Chairman and Ranking Member, respectively. The majority and minority will alternate asking questions for one hour each, starting with majority staff and continuing until neither side has any questions left,” she wrote in a letter to leaders on Wednesday.

“We have received the letter, and President Santa J. Ono will be present for the interview, which has been transcribed,” University of Michigan spokeswoman Colleen Mastony said in a statement.

A Yale spokesperson told Fox News Digital, “We are committed to cooperating with the committee.”

The presidents of Northwestern University, Rutgers University and the University of California, Los Angeles testified before the committee earlier this month in a hearing titled “Seeking Accountability: Stopping Anti-Semitism from Chaos on Campuses.”

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On May 1, hundreds of students protested outside the Palestine Solidarity Camp on the UCLA campus in Los Angeles. (Keith Birmingham/Media News Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images)

The hearing came just weeks after a high-profile pro-Palestinian encampment at Columbia University was dispersed, and as schools across the country continue to struggle with their own demonstrations, including anti-Semitic incidents.

The presidents of the University of Michigan and Yale University were originally scheduled to appear at the same hearing.

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Rep. Virginia Foxx, R.N.C., chairwoman of the House Education and Labor Committee, is leading an investigation into anti-Semitism on college campuses. (Getty Images)

The rise in anti-Semitism on college campuses correlates with the outbreak of war between Israel and the Gaza terrorist group Hamas, which began in October 2023 after the group killed Israeli civilians in surprise attacks and took hostages.

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Since then, anti-Semitic incidents in the country have skyrocketed: More anti-Semitic incidents occurred in the first three months after a Hamas terror attack than in the entire years from 2013 to 2021, excluding 2022, the UN research agency reported. The Anti-Defamation League The number of incidents over the past three months was up 361% compared to 712 incidents over the same period in 2022, the data showed.

The University of Michigan did not respond to a request for comment at the time of writing.