Email Search Scandal
As Harvard faces increased regulatory pressure, the influence of its internal legal apparatus grows.
"The committee has not been charged with investigating or reporting on the attendance study,” according to the chair of the group, Harvard Law School professor John C. P. Goldberg.
Undergraduate Council representatives passed legislation that expressed concern over a recent study that photographed certain classes without the knowledge of professors or students, and requested that the University release the relevant findings.
The review committee, which was convened last summer, has submitted its recommendations to Interim Dean of the College Donald H. Pfister for approval.
Ellison, the administrator who helped oversee the adjudication of last year’s Government 1310 cheating scandal, will leave Harvard this summer to become the dean of students in the college at the University of Chicago.
Under the new policy, electronic searches must be authorized by “an appropriate and accountable person” and must serve “a legitimate and important University purpose.”
Nine months after she left University Hall and her tenure as dean of Harvard College, Evelynn M. Hammonds is laying the groundwork for a new research initiative and her return to the classroom.
Secretary of the Administrative Board John “Jay” L. Ellison said that the body has not searched a student email account in a case since he joined it in fall 2002 and likely will not in the future.
Currier House brought pre-Housing Day fever to new heights with an email from “firstname.lastname@example.org.” Complete with a fungus reference, a tree-themed book recommendation, and an invitation to join “the Dean” at the park, it bore all of the marks of a classic Pfister correspondence.
Even wiith the new year in full swing, Flyby has been thinking a lot about just how much 2013 gave us to refelct upon. From an email search scandal to a bomb scare, this year at Harvard certainly had its interesting moments. With a critical eye, we took some time to think over these past twelve months and come up with a few resolutions for the Harvard community in 2014.
Harvard Law School professor David J. Barron ’89, chair of the electronic communications policy task force, discusses challenges surrounding Harvard's current electronic communications policy at an open forum in the Science Center on Wednesday.