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Harvard board backs president amid calls for removal

Claudine Gay will remain the president of Harvard University, the school’s governing board announced on Tuesday, amid calls for her removal following testimony before a congressional hearing about antisemitism on campus last week.

Gay and the presidents of University of Pennsylvania and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) faced an uproar for their academic responses to sharp questions about what could trigger disciplinary action under their universities’ codes of conduct as part of a hearing earlier this month to address the rise of antisemitism on campus since the start of the Israel-Hamas war.

The backlash was swift. Liz Magill stepped down as president of the University of Pennsylvania over the weekend in response to calls for her removal. Upon news of Magill’s resignation, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, a far-right New York Republican who led the questioning, tweeted: “One down. Two to go.”

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