Harvard has hired a top civil rights lawyer to lead its hiring and hiring reviews after the university announced that it would not allow any Muslim-American applicants to apply.
The news was announced in a memo to the university’s faculty, staff and students released by Harvard’s Office of Equal Opportunity.
The university’s hiring freeze was a result of a federal investigation that was launched in July, according to the memo.
“The University believes that it is important to be able to hire and retain qualified people who are of the highest ethical, moral and professional standing,” the memo said.
“It is critical that we continue to hire people of all backgrounds, who have the knowledge, experience, and ability to lead the University.”
The university said in a statement that it will conduct its own internal review of its hiring process to “address the issues raised by this investigation.”
The hiring freeze will not affect the hiring of other faculty or students, it added.
The federal investigation has also led to a number of faculty resigning over concerns about the university, according the Globe and Mail.
According to the Harvard Crimson, one of those faculty members, Professor Tariq Ramadan, was among a group of faculty who decided to leave Harvard over the hiring freeze.
He wrote a letter to the Globe in August, stating that the university had “not taken adequate steps to prevent discrimination, or to remedy the conditions of employment.”
He also said that the Harvard administration had failed to make clear that “discrimination is not tolerated.”
The University said it would continue to conduct a “comprehensive review” of its employment practices and that it plans to release a report in early 2019.