Douglas Ernst (The Washington Times) — The University of Southern California is under a federal microscope for possibly discriminating against men when it comes to scholarships and educational opportunities.
Documents obtained by the educational watchdog Campus Reform this week confirm an ongoing investigation into the home of “Tommy Trojan.” Kursat Christoff Pekgoz, a lecturer and Provost’s Fellow at the school, won a January appeal with the U.S. Department of Education after an attorney tried arguing that women were the “underrepresented sex” at USC.
Mr. Pekgoz noted that men — 48% of the student body — are the minority on campus while USC’s Smart Women’s Securities chapter and the Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) chapter are in operation, among others.
“[Such programs are] excluding male students from participation and providing opportunities for female students only,” a complaint sent to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) states, Campus Reform reported Tuesday.
The lecturer also prompted a similar federal investigation into Yale University in late February.
“There is no longer any valid reason to maintain affirmative action for women,” he told the nonprofit.
USC media official Emily Gersema told Campus Reform that school officials are “working with the Office of Civil Rights and will take steps to address any issues they may raise.
“USC is committed to maintaining an environment that is free from discrimination and that encourages fair treatment of all students, faculty, and staff, a value that is emphasized in university policies,” she wrote.