Madeline R. Conway
A proposal that the Faculty of Arts and Sciences approved at their monthly meeting on Tuesday will restructure reading and exam periods starting in 2014.
The Committee on Academic Integrity is soliciting feedback from undergraduates, faculty, and teaching fellows on a proposal to establish Harvard’s first-ever honor code.
Joshua P. Zoffer ’14 and Ben D. Sprung-Keyser ’15 were named the youngest team champions in the history of the American Parliamentary Debate Association’s national tournament on Sunday, marking the second consecutive year that a Harvard team has won the tournament.
Student criticism of the University’s communication with the Harvard community after last Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon and the subsequent manhunt for the bombing suspects has drawn increased attention to the University’s process of alerting students during emergencies.
Hundreds of prospective Harvard freshmen, many eager to see the College for the first time, had their plans interrupted by the lockdown in the Boston area Friday which forced Harvard officials to cancel the annual spring weekend for admitted students.
Following the cancellation of Visitas weekend Friday afternoon, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid William R. Fitzsimmons ’67 told The Crimson Friday night that officials may consider the possibility of granting an extension for accepted students to reply to their offers of admission to the College.
Harvard Square remained quiet Friday night as students and residents slowly took back to the streets following the conclusion of a manhunt for the second Marathon bombing suspect that left much of the greater Boston area effectively on lockdown.
A day after students criticized the University for how it communicated with undergraduates in the hours following two bomb explosions at the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon, Dean of the College Evelynn M. Hammonds told students in an email that Harvard “can and will do better to communicate with our community in times of crisis.”
In the wake of two bomb explosions that killed three people and injured more than 130 others, Harvard students criticized what they described as the University’s slow communication with undergraduates.
Twice during his performance in Tercentenary Theater Saturday evening, rapper Tyga alluded to the controversy surrounding his appearance at Yardfest. “Despite all the haters, we’re here,” he yelled into his microphone just minutes into his performance, saying he appreciated everyone who came out for the concert.
The week after the Committee on Academic Integrity unveiled its proposal for a student honor code, several members of the faculty remained divided on whether the new code would foster a culture of greater academic integrity among the undergraduate body.
With reading period just a few weeks away, Harvard students are busy preparing (or busy thinking about how they should be preparing) for the upcoming end of the semester. Yale students, meanwhile, work toward the end of the spring term with the knowledge that their grading system could undergo radical changes in the near future. Last week, after student protests, Yale faculty voted to table a proposal that would dramatically change Yale's grading distribution and scale.
Although the Ad Board first announced a plan to release a more detailed database in 2010, the database has still not been released.
Nearly two and a half years after its originally slated release date, a database intended to increase the transparency of the Administrative Board process has yet to be made public.
Though discussion of a proposal to alter reading period was eclipsed by revelations about the extent of faculty email searches at Tuesday’s faculty meeting, the Committee on Undergraduate Education continued to debate the possibly of banning due dates for assignments during reading period at their meeting Wednesday afternoon.