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Report: Boston City Council Subpoenas BU President

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The Boston City Council has taken the unusual step of issuing a subpoena to the president of Boston University to compel him to appear at a hearing on diversity at city colleges.

The council said it acted after BU failed to comply with a request to send a representative to a hearing last month.

President Robert Brown faces arrest if he fails to appear at the Dec. 2 meeting of the council's Education Committee.

Councilor Tito Jackson tells The Boston Globe the committee requested that Brown testify at an Oct. 24 hearing. The university notified the council with less than 24 hours' notice that no representatives would attend. The university sent written testimony instead.

A BU spokesman says the subpoena "seems unnecessary," and the university is exploring its next step.

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