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Faculty of Arts and Sciences Will Furlough Some ‘Fully or Partially Idled’ Workers Due to Financial Challenges, Gay Says

Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences plans to take a number of additional measures — including furloughing some employees — in the face of hundreds of millions in projected financial impact due to the coronavirus pandemic, FAS Dean Claudine Gay wrote in a Tuesday email to faculty and staff.


Grad Union Offers ‘Comprehensive Compromise Proposal’ Including Compensation Provisions

Harvard’s graduate student union offered a “comprehensive compromise proposal” to the University in a virtual bargaining session Thursday afternoon, bargaining committee member Lee Kennedy-Shaffer wrote in an email update to members Saturday.


Harvard’s Fall Semester Planning ‘Likely to Vary by School,’ Bacow Says

University President Lawrence S. Bacow said in an interview with The Crimson Friday that Harvard administrators are considering “all possible scenarios” as they plan for the fall semester but that plans are “likely to vary by school.”


Harvard Law School Makes Online Zero-L Course Free for All U.S. Law Schools Due to Coronavirus

Harvard Law School announced Wednesday it will offer its online, pre-term “Zero-L” course for free for all United States law schools this summer, in an effort to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the success of incoming law students.


'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.


Harvard Prohibits all University-Related Domestic and International Travel Until Further Notice, Discourages Personal Travel

Harvard is prohibiting all University-related domestic and international travel until further notice, University Provost Alan M. Garber ’76, Executive Vice President Katherine N. Lapp, and Harvard University Health Services Director Giang T. Nguyen wrote in an email to affiliates Monday.


‘A Ghost Town’: Harvard's Resident Tutors Cope with Changing Roles, Empty Houses

Since students’ departure, House resident tutors have balanced their responsibilities for their students, Houses, and jobs — all the while taking care of themselves in the middle of an unprecedented time in the history of Harvard’s campus.


Harvard Extends Pay and Benefits to Employees Amid Estimated $415 Million Shortfall

Harvard will extend guaranteed pay and benefits to directly employed staff and contract workers through June 28 as it faces a $415 million shortfall this fiscal year, Harvard Executive Vice President Katherine N. Lapp wrote in an email to Harvard faculty and staff Tuesday morning.


‘Harvard Will Be Open for Fall 2020,’ Provost Writes, Ruling Out Delay Until Spring

Whether on campus or virtually, Harvard will resume teaching and research in fall 2020, University Provost Alan M. Garber ’76 wrote in a message to affiliates Monday afternoon.


Trump Says Harvard Will Have to 'Pay Back' CARES Funds

President Donald Trump said in a press conference Tuesday evening that he would request that Harvard return the nearly $9 million it was granted as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.


FAS Dean Gay Says Higher Ed Must Think 'Rigorously' and 'Creatively' About Fall Semester

As the coronavirus pandemic drags on, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Claudine Gay said in an interview Thursday that she and other higher education administrators are looking for “rigorous and creative” solutions to ensure academic progress for all students this fall.


Harvard Forms Committee to Plan Online Ceremony, Prepares for Postponed Traditional Commencement Exercises

University President Lawrence S. Bacow said in an interview Monday that Harvard formed a committee to plan for an online graduation ceremony and has begun to develop arrangements for its postponed 369th Commencement Exercises.


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