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Farbstein Asks Mitchell to Probe ‘possible Discrimination’ Against Minorities at Purdue

Rep. Leonard Farbstein, New York Democrat, has called on Attorney General John N. Mitchell to investigate “possible discrimination” against Jews, Negroes, Puerto Ricans and other minorities by Purdue University, Lafayette, Ind. Rep. Farbstein pointed out that Purdue, a state university, has limited out-of-state acceptances to 25 percent of the total studentry and has, in addition, placed special restrictions on New York State and New Jersey. Purdue has reduced acceptances from those two states to their percentages of the out-of-state population, the Congressman pointed out. New York State applicants, therefore, are limited to 10 percent of 25 percent. Mr. Farbstein, noting that Jewish enrollment at Purdue decreased by two-thirds between 1966 and 1969, asserted, “Purdue’s intent is clear.” He said Purdue’s policy was the most blatant of all. Mr. Farbstein’s statement was based in large part on a recent study by the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith indicating that Jewish students were being disproportionately affected by reductions of out-of-state acceptances by state colleges. The schools adopted that policy on the grounds that “outsiders” were the chief cause of campus unrest.

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