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Department of Education will look into whether or not Stanford is unfair to male students
Department of Education: Forbes reported on Wednesday that the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights is examining Stanford for alleged bias against its male students. The complaint, which was filed by University of Southern California emeritus professor James Moore and Kursat Pekgoz, CEO of Turkish real estate company Doruk, alleges that multiple Stanford programs violate Title IX, a federal civil rights law that protects people from se*-based discrimination in education programs that receive federal funds.
According to Forbes, the Department of Education launched an investigation this month into five of the University’s women-focused programs: Stanford Women in Business, Women of Stanford Law, Stanford Women in Design, Stanford Society of Women Engineers, and the Gabilan Provost’s Discretionary Fund.
The Daily has sought comment from the University, Stanford Women in Business, Stanford Women in Law, Stanford Women in Design, Stanford Society of Women Engineers, and the Department of Education.
According to Forbes, the probe stems from a claim brought against Stanford by Moore and Pekgoz involving 27 Stanford programs. Stanford is not the only university being investigated in this manner. Scholarships, scholarships, and other programs aimed at women have become the target of a small number of people, like Pekgoz, who have filed complaints against a number of higher education institutions.
Pekgoz has also filed Title IX complaints against various universities, including the University of California, Santa Cruz. As a result of that complaint, UC Santa Cruz expanded its Marilyn C. Davis scholarship to include both male and female students. According to Forbes, the scholarship was previously limited to mothers returning to university to pursue a degree in the sciences.
According to the Daily Trojan, Pekgoz also filed a Title IX complaint against USC and Yale in January and April of this year, respectively. Both schools have since been investigated by the Department of Education.
According to Moore and Pekgoz, by having programs for female students, the University is discriminating against male students and violating Title IX by not providing them with the same support. According to the two, the programs named in the complaint maintain “ongoing and systemic” prejudice against men.
According to Moore, “the clear text of Title IX bans any school from funding/sponsoring discriminatory scholarships, programs, fellowships, and initiatives.”
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