Complaint against Lehigh University claims racial harassment

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Published: Jan 10 2014 07:59:37 AM EST   Updated On: Jan 10 2014 10:55:37 AM EST
Lehigh Univ under investigation
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -

Lehigh University is the subject of a federal investigation after an allegation that it failed to respond to racial harassment on campus.

The Department of Education is following up on a complaint that accuses Lehigh of allowing a racially hostile environment.

According to the complaint, the university failed to respond appropriately after a residence hall that promotes diversity was egged and spray-painted with racial slurs.

Lehigh officials said the complaint is without merit, but they intend to fully cooperate with the investigation.

According to school officials, "Lehigh has a long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion and, with strong engagement by students, faculty, staff and the administration, has accelerated our efforts with a number of initiatives underway."