“I am sorry,” Claudine Gay told Harvard’s student newspaper in an interview on Thursday. “When words amplify distress and pain, I don’t know how you could feel anything but regret.”
The House Education Committee followed its hearing with an announcement on Thursday that it will investigate Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Pennsylvania.
“After this week’s pathetic and morally bankrupt testimony by university presidents when answering my questions, the Education and Workforce Committee is launching an official Congressional investigation with the full force of subpoena power into Penn, MIT, & Harvard and others,” Rep. Elise Stefanik (RN.Y.), a member of the committee who asked especially pointed questions during the presidents’ testimony, said in a statement.
Gay is among many university presidents who have faced intense criticism of their response to antisemitism following Hamas’ attack on Israel in October. Axios reported on Thursday that University of Pennsylvania President Liz Magill, whose testimony this week has also been widely reported, was asked to resign by the board of Penn’s Wharton business school.