Student Life


Undergraduate Council Unanimously Votes to Join Amicus Brief in Harvard-MIT Lawsuit Against ICE

The Undergraduate Council unanimously adopted legislation on July 12 to join an amicus brief in support of the ongoing Harvard-MIT lawsuit against immigration authorities, alongside student body representative groups from 15 other universities.


College Unveils Social Distancing and Discipline ‘Compact’ for On-Campus Students

As Harvard prepares to welcome first-year students and a select group of upperclassmen to campus, the Dean of Students Office unveiled its “residential community compact” — a list of guidelines those residing on campus in the fall must follow.


For Some Low-Income Students, Harvard Plan Presents a Fall Semester They Can ‘Barely Afford’

In the aftermath of Harvard College’s fall planning announcement, undergraduates have agitated against Harvard’s decision to maintain tuition rates for its now entirely remote course offerings and have charged the College with failing to support low-income students.


Freshmen 'Disappointed' by Invitation to De-densified Harvard Campus

Admitted freshmen were the only College class invited back to campus for the fall Monday morning, but many in the Class of 2024 said they are displeased with the arrangements.


Harvard’s Fall, Prospective Spring Plan is Cautious Compared to Peer Schools

Compared with its peers in the Ivy League, Harvard has offered a stringent plan for the fall semester — allowing no more than 40 percent of undergraduates to return to campus at once and keeping all course instruction online.


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.


Harvard Affiliates Praise Supreme Court Ruling on DACA, Demand Further Immigration Reforms

Harvard affiliates celebrated the United States Supreme Court’s Thursday decision to block the Trump administration from immediately dismantling the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and called on lawmakers to institute additional progressive immigration reforms.


College Announces New Faculty Deans in Five Houses

Dean of Harvard College Rakesh Khurana announced that five new faculty deans will join Cabot House, Eliot House, Kirkland House, Quincy House, and Winthrop House beginning July 1 in Thursday emails to affiliates of those Houses.


Athletics Department Review Finds Disconnect Between Department and Faculty of Arts and Sciences

A review of the Harvard Athletics Department released Friday by Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Claudine Gay found that while the Department provides a strong sense of community, many staff and student-athletes feel a sense of removal from FAS as a whole.


Harvard College Holds Vigil for Victims of Racial Violence and Police Brutality

Harvard College held a vigil Thursday night to honor the memory of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the untold number of victims of racial violence and police brutality.


After Series of Murders Nationwide, Undergraduate Groups Mobilize to Condemn Anti-Black Racism and Police Brutality

Following the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Tony McDade, Harvard College students have mobilized to condemn anti-black police brutality and call for racial justice.


Undergraduate Council Endorses Legislation to Match Student Donations to Racial Justice Groups

The Undergraduate Council voted to endorse an open letter from the College’s Black Community Leaders and an act to match the “Black solidarity” donations of Harvard undergraduate students during an emergency meeting Saturday afternoon.


Secret Court Centennial Begins with Faculty, Student Panels

To commemorate the centennial of the Secret Court of 1920, Harvard affiliates on two panels last week reflected on past and present issues facing queer students at the school as part of an event series entitled “Secret Court 100: Harvard’s Queer Century.”


Eliot Dining Hall

Eliot Dining Hall, known for its large windows and beautiful architecture, is mostly empty of students during Sunday morning brunch, depicting the potential implications of social distancing guidelines.


Harvard Students Report Strain of Online Semester in Undergrad Council Survey

The Undergraduate Council’s Student Experience Survey found students were dissatisfied with their transition to online learning and hope to return to campus this fall, according to a summary of the data presented this week.


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