The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has begun investigating the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) for potentially violating Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, according to medical watchdog group Do No Harm.
This legislation prohibits discrimination based on race, The Daily Caller reports.
The investigation was launched after Do No Harm senior fellow and University of Michigan professor emeritus Mark Perry claimed that the university’s “Racial Affinity Caucusing Groups” breached this act.
Perry tweeted: “Based on my complaints with the OCR, nearly US 100 colleges and universities agreed this year to change, discontinue or stop promoting 170 female-only or BIPOC/Black-only programs, awards, fellowships, and scholarships to correct their violations.”
These groups are designed to provide “a space for UCSF residents and fellows to deepen anti-racist work and process the impact of racism on ourselves and our community,” according to the university’s website.
The groups are intended for individuals to “self-identify” and join based on their race, with options for those who identify as “Black/African American,” “People of Color,” and “white.”
Each group is led by a facilitator to guide participants in discussions about their “experiences of racism and bias.”
In a letter of complaint to the OCR, Perry argued that the university’s Racial Affinity Caucusing Groups “are treating individuals differently by segregating and separating on the basis of race and color,” thus violating Title VI.
Representatives from the DOE, Perry, and UCSF did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Daily Caller News Foundation.