Email Search Scandal

UC Expresses 'Concern' over Attendance Study

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.

Ellison To Depart Harvard for Chicago This Summer

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.

Corporation Approves New Policy for Searches of Electronic Communications

Under the new policy, electronic searches must be authorized by “an appropriate and accountable person” and must serve “a legitimate and important University purpose.”

Ellison Says Ad Board Has Not Searched Student Emails Since At Least Fall 2002

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.

One Year After Secret Searches, Faculty Say Governance Grievances Fading

In the days and weeks following the announcement of the email search scandal, faculty members loudly voiced concerns over faculty governance and consultation, as well as a loss of trust in administrators that they said had violated their privacy policy and reasonable expectations. But one year later, professors say those concerns have faded within the minds of members of the University’s flagship faculty.

“Hi, I’m Dean Pfister”- Currier House

Currier House brought pre-Housing Day fever to new heights with an email from “” 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.

A Year After Scandal, Task Force Recommends University-wide Privacy Policy for Electronic Information

The group was conceived amid a scandal within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences last spring, when then-Dean of the College Evelynn M. Hammonds and FAS Dean Michael D. Smith broke faculty privacy policy by authorizing secret searches of resident dean email accounts.

New Years Resolutions

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.

Second Email Privacy Policy Task Force Meeting Draws Few Attendees

The second of two open meetings for the University’s electronic communication policy task force drew few attendees and fewer comments for the task force’s leader, Harvard Law School professor David J. Barron ’89.

Months After Email Search Scandal, Committee Will Review Resident Dean Position

A committee has been convened to formally review the position of the resident dean, continuing a conversation about the dean’s role in Harvard’s administrative hierarchy that was reignited by last spring’s email search scandal.

An Empty Lecture Hall

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.

David Barron

Professor David J Barron answers questions about possible changes to Harvard's electronic communications policy. The Electronic Communications Policy Task Force was formed in response to the series of controversial email searches last fall.

At Longwood Forum, Email Privacy Policy Task Force Details Challenges Ahead

The nearly hour-long event, held in a Harvard Medical School lecture hall, represents one step in a broader effort by the task force to engage with numerous constituencies on both of Harvard’s campuses before it begins drafting its recommendations.

Gov 1310 Timeline

Since resident deans were first made aware of the Gov 1310 cheating scandal in August 2012, the incident has been a central part to many lives at Harvard and affect the athletics teams.

One Year Later: The Impact of the Gov 1310 Cheating Scandal on Harvard Athletics

Today, with many departed athletes now back on campus and with their teams, the spectre of Government 1310 no longer looms in quite the same way over Harvard’s athletic courts and fields, though the memory of the scandal remains fresh.

Gov 1310 Flow Chart

According to NCAA bylaw, a student-athlete begins a season of eligibility as soon as he engages in a contest against outside competition. This flow chart follows the path a student-athlete could have taken after being accused of collaboration in the Gov 1310 scandal.

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