The Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general’s office says it is investigating allegations of racial discrimination at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and inadequate follow-up by the school’s leadership.

The investigation will bring a new layer of scrutiny to the service academy in New London that is already under pressure from Congress to address complaints about racial insensitivity, disparities in discipline and the administration’s response.

Arlen Morales, a spokeswoman for the Office of Inspector General, says the probe began within the last few months and could take up to a year. It will look into how the academy responds to allegations of race or ethnicity-based discrimination. Ultimately, the academy will be required to provide a corrective action plan.

A spokesman for the academy said it was preparing a statement.

Source: The Associated Press

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