Harvard Dean Steps Down Following Secret Searches of E-Mail Accounts

Harvard Dean Steps Down Following Secret Searches of E-Mail Accounts

June 02, 2013

Evelyn Hammonds, dean of Harvard College, will leave her post in July after being implicated in signing off on secret searches of e-mail accounts as part of a cheating investigation. Hammonds, along with another dean, authorized searches of the e-mail accounts of 16 resident deans last fall without informing them first. One resident dean was suspected of leaking confidential information about a cheating scandal investigation to the news media. The resident deans were not told about the search, in violation of Harvard's e-mail policy. Hammonds has said that her only intention had been to protect the privacy of the students being investigated for cheating. She apologized to the resident deans, who are faculty members, for overstepping their privacy boundaries in the process. Following a sabbatical, she will return to Harvard to head a new program studying the intersection of race, science, and medicine.

Harvard Dean Steps Down Following Secret Searches of E-Mail Accounts
Steve Kolowich
The Chronicle of Higher Education
May 28, 2013

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