An entrance to the main Duke University campus is seen in Durham, N.C., Monday, Jan. 28, 2019.
An entrance to the main Duke University campus is seen in Durham, N.C., Monday, Jan. 28, 2019.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The U.S. Department of Education is investigating a conference on the Middle East held at the University of North Carolina after a legislator raised complaints that participants were biased against Israel.
 
The conference titled "Conflict Over Gaza: People, Politics, and Possibilities," was co-sponsored in March by Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill.
 
McClatchy D.C. reports that Raleigh Republican Rep. George Holding asked for an investigation in April, citing "reports of severe anti-Israeli bias and anti-Semitic rhetoric at the taxpayer-funded conference."
 
UNC says it used $5,000 in education department grants for the conference, and will cooperate with the inquiry.
 
Education Secret.ary Betsy DeVos tasked investigators with determining whether the spending complied with requirements.