The Indiana University School of Medicine is violating students’ civil rights—specifically by discriminating on the basis of race. That’s the message of an official complaint that Do No Harm filed with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights on June 14th. The school must be held accountable for this wrongdoing.
Our complaint centers on an IUSM scholarship program that is solely available to applicants of certain races and identities. This is racial discrimination, plain and simple, which makes the scholarships illegal under federal law.
The Civil Rights Act holds that “no person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance,” which includes IUSM.
Do No Harm previously submitted a letter to the IU School of Medicine regarding its mandate that faculty prove how woke they are as a condition of employment.
We are asking the Office of Civil Rights to “promptly investigate the allegations in this complaint, act swiftly to remedy unlawful policies and practices, and order appropriate relief.” Racial discrimination is unacceptable – in healthcare as much as everywhere else.
If you know of a discriminatory scholarship or policy at your medical school, please let us know.
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