College Administration


Harvard Law Professors Split on Legal Reasoning Behind Dropping Social Group Sanctions

Harvard Law School professors are split on the validity of University President Lawrence S. Bacow’s legal arguments in his Monday announcement that the University would abandon its social group sanctions in response to a recent Supreme Court decision on sex discrimination.


Judge Dismisses Former Undergraduate’s Suit Against Harvard for Denying His Degree after Sexual Assault Findings

Last week, a federal judge allowed Harvard’s motion to dismiss former undergraduate Damilare Sonoiki’s lawsuit alleging the College unfairly refused to grant him his bachelor’s degree after three fellow students accused him of sexual assault.


With End of Sanctions, Khurana Bids Signature Policy Proposal Goodbye

University President Lawrence S. Bacow announced Monday afternoon that Harvard has dropped its social group sanctions as a result of a recent Supreme Court decision on sex discrimination, dismantling Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana’s most high-profile undertaking since beginning his post.


Exhibits Attached to Final Club Suit Detail Internal Debates Over Selling the Sanctions

In court filings this week, a trove of documents — including internal Harvard communications and official reports — were released as part of the federal lawsuit over sanctions on members of final clubs and single-gender Greek organizations.


Student Focus Group Instructed to Assume Harvard Will Bring Up to 40 Percent of Undergraduates Back in the Fall

Undergraduates who return to campus may have to form self-contained social “pods,” submit to regular testing, and face discipline for breaking Harvard College social distancing rules, according to students who attended focus groups this week.


'An Entirely Different Universe’: International Students Anticipate Challenges in Returning to Campus in the Fall

As Harvard undergraduates anticipate the format of the fall semester, international students say they will likely have to navigate shifting border restrictions and visa delays.


Five Takeaways from Harvard College’s Fall Planning Town Hall

Harvard College hosted a town hall Tuesday afternoon for affiliates to hear about the administration’s planning process for what is certain to be a singular fall semester.


'Nearly All' Respondents to Undergraduate Survey Prefer Fall On-Campus, Khurana Says

Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana said in a Tuesday interview that “nearly all” respondents to a College-wide survey about the coming semester expressed a strong desire to return to Harvard’s residential campus in the fall.


McDermott to Serve as Harvard’s First Female Athletic Director

Erin McDermott will serve as the first woman to head Harvard Athletics beginning July 1, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Claudine Gay announced in an email to Harvard affiliates Thursday afternoon.


Scarborough to Direct Harvard Foundation

Sheehan D. Scarborough ’07 has been appointed as the senior director of the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations, Dean of Students Katherine G. O’Dair announced in a Wednesday email to students.


Khurana Praises Harvard College’s Adaptability in Transition to Online Learning

Dean of Harvard College Rakesh Khurana said in a Tuesday interview that he sees the transition to online learning as an opportunity for students and faculty to innovate in pedagogy and practice adaptability.


‘A Grade You Could Be Proud Of’: Claybaugh Outlines Committee Debates Over Grading Policy

As Harvard College students debated grading policies for remote classes in Facebook groups and Zoom calls, so too did administrators in closed-door committee meetings, Dean of Undergraduate Education Amanda J. Claybaugh said.


Khurana Defends Management of Harvard Coronavirus Move-Out

Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana defended his administration’s handling of a mass move-out amid the coronavirus pandemic in an interview Tuesday.


Inside Harvard College’s Decision to Send Students Home During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Nguyen’s email marked the first of many Harvard undergraduates would receive about the coronavirus. At first, they concerned Harvard’s centers and activities in far off places. But while students received emails about travel restrictions and hygiene tips, behind the scenes College administrators began to discuss more extreme changes the virus might bring about on campus.


Harvard College Adopts Universal Satisfactory-Unsatisfactory Grading for Spring 2020 Due to Coronavirus​​​​​​​

Harvard College will adopt a universal satisfactory-unsatisfactory grading system this semester as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Claudine Gay and Dean of Undergraduate Education Amanda J. Claybaugh announced in respective emails to faculty and students Friday afternoon.


Associate Dean of Student Engagement Alex Miller to Step Down in June

Associate Dean of Student Engagement Alexander R. Miller will step down in June to fill a new post as vice president for student development at Denison University, Dean of Students Katherine G. O’Dair announced in an email to students Friday.


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