The U.S. Education Department has added four more colleges and universities to its list of institutions under investigation for possible violations of federal laws that prohibit discrimination based on shared ancestry.
The institutions newly under scrutiny as of Tuesday are Arizona State University, Northwestern University, Yale University and Abraham Lincoln University.
The department has seen an influx of complaints alleging antisemitism or Islamophobia since the war between Israel and Hamas began in early October, and it started publicly listing institutions under investigation in mid-November.
The department’s list doesn’t say what specific allegations its Office for Civil Rights is looking into. But the investigations focus on possible violations of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which requires federally funded institutions to protect students from discrimination based on race, color or national origin. The Education Department has said this includes Jews, Muslims and members of other ethnic or religious groups with “shared ancestry.”