Republican lawmakers on Monday asked six universities, including Harvard and Yale, to report the sources of their foreign funding.
Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) and James Comer (R-Ky.) reached out in a letter to the University of Chicago, the University of Delaware, Harvard University, New York University, the University of Pennsylvania and Yale University, asking for access to all unredacted records of gifts from or contact with foreign sources. Countries they specifically identify as suspicious sources of funding include China, Iran, Qatar, Russia, and Saudi Arabia.
The universities were asked to provide the requested records by August 10 and to schedule a staff-level briefing by the same time.
According to the letter, Yale accepted about $22 million in anonymous funding, the University of Chicago about $23 million, and the University of Delaware, $28.5 million. New York University received $40 million, and the University of Pennsylvania, $62 million. Harvard University took by far the most, with a total of $101 million.
Jordan, Comer, and Foxx speak as ranking members of the House Judiciary Committee, House Committee on Oversight and Reform, and the House Committee on Education and Labor. They present their requests “in light of transparency concerns and to help us better understand the foreign influence and investment in U.S. higher education” and as a follow-up to the ongoing federal investigation launched by the Department of Education in February.