"Saudi Arabia is no different than any other country in a sense that the military-to-military relationship that we have with a given country is completely informed by our policy", Dunford told the Washington Post in an interview on Thursday.
The 58-year-old Hollywood actor has been in Turkey working on the death of the Washington Post columnist who was critical of the Saudi crown prince.
Khashoggi, a U.S. resident, was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2.
But terminating MIT's engagement wouldn't have "any meaningful ameliorative effect on those actions".
The murder has damaged Riyadh's worldwide reputation and Western countries including the US, France and Canada have placed sanctions on almost 20 Saudi nationals.
Philanthropy has also allowed MIT to establish the Ibn Khaldun Fellowship Program for Saudi Arabian Women, which was started with a gift from Saudi Aramco, a state-owned oil-and-gas company, and is now supported by a gift from the King Abdulaziz City of Science and Technology (KACST), which is the Saudi national science agency. Several schools defended their work with the country, including the University of California, Berkeley, which has a $6 million contract to develop nanomaterials that can be used to support renewable energy. Their frustration with Trump's response has fueled interest in the Yemen resolution, with 63 senators voting last week to move forward on it. Corker predicted the resolution will pass when the Senate takes it up next week, but wouldn't say whether he would vote for it and suggested it wouldn't be forceful enough as a rebuke. At the time, Reif lauded the country's "promising new future".
Harvard University also has deep ties to the Saudi royal family, including the Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program, which was funded through a $20 million gift from Mohammed's cousin.
That measure is meant to hold the Saudi crown prince "accountable" for contributing to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, a blockade of Qatar, the jailing of dissidents and Khashoggi's death but it imposes no penalties on Riyadh.
"The global community seems to doubt Saudi Arabia's commitment to prosecute this heinous crime", the official continued.
Lester's report was based on input from students, faculty and alumni, along with outside experts on Saudi Arabia.
The resolution, which is mainly symbolic, says Saudi Arabia's crown prince is "complicit" in the killing.
But the ties between Saudi Arabia and the U.S. government and American institutions are longstanding and complex.
Turkish officials have searched the consulate, the consul-general's residence, a forest in Istanbul and two villas in the northwestern province of Yalova, but Khashoggi's remains have still not been found. Trump insisted that the United States should continue backing the Saudi kingdom and has opposed canceling any financial contracts with the government. Trump said such action would hurt the United States and give away large defense contracts to other countries, such as China and Russian Federation.
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a critic of Saudi Arabia, said that excluding some lawmakers is "the very definition of the deep state" and that he suspected that the Trump administration is attempting to get some lawmakers to switch their votes on the resolution by giving them information. "It honestly reminded me what Trump has been saying".