Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences announced on Monday that it will no longer require diversity, inclusion, and belonging statements from job applicants, according to The Boston Globe.

For the past five years, this department, the university’s largest, mandated these statements for new hires. Moving forward, applicants for tenure-track positions must submit a “service statement” that outlines their efforts to enhance academic communities, such as departments, institutions, or professional societies.

In an April op-ed for the Harvard Crimson, Harvard Law School professor Randall Kennedy advocated for eliminating the requirement. He argued that academic candidates should not be compelled to endorse ideological commitments. Kennedy highlighted the potential uproar if applicants were forced to pledge allegiance to capitalism, patriotism, or similar ideologies, suggesting such mandates infringe on intellectual freedom.

Many universities have recently faced criticism over their diversity, equity, and inclusion policies, leading some to remove similar requirements. In April, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology banned diversity statements in faculty applications. MIT President Sally Kornbluth stated that compelled statements restrict freedom of expression.

Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences did not respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.