CAMBRIDGE – Harvard President Claudine Gay will stay in office after getting support from the highest governing body at the school Tuesday.

“In this tumultuous and difficult time, we unanimously stand in support of President Gay,” the Harvard Corporation said in a statement.

Gay and the presidents of MIT and the University of Pennsylvania have been under intense criticism since last week when they each testified before Congress about antisemitism on college campuses.

Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik asked Gay, “At Harvard, does calling for the genocide of Jews violate Harvard’s rules of bullying and harassment, yes, or no?”

“It can be, depending on the context,” Gay said.

After their testimony, more than 70 members of Congress, mostly Republicans, demanded all three presidents resign. University of Pennsylvania President Liz Magill resigned Saturday.

“I am sorry,” Gay later told the Harvard Crimson. “Words matter.”

Hundreds of faculty at Harvard signed a letter calling for the university’s two governing boards to resist pressure from politicians and donors to force Gay to resign.

The Harvard Corporation, the highest governing body at the school, met to discuss Gay’s future at the university Monday.

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