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In Massive Security Oversight, Thousands of Private University Documents Left Vulnerable

A widespread security oversight left at least tens of thousands of Harvard’s administrative files — including sensitive and confidential information on University governance — available for anyone with Harvard credentials to view, edit, download, and share.


FAS Review Largely Upholds Tenure System Despite Acknowledging ‘Mistrust and Low Morale’

A review of tenure processes within the Faculty of the Arts and Sciences found that the tenure-track system is “structurally sound” but recommended adjustments in certain aspects of the system to address “mistrust and low morale” in the process.


HMS Dean Outlines Financial, Institutional Goals in State of the School Address

Harvard Medical School Dean George Q. Daley ’82 lauded HMS faculty, affiliates, students, and staff for their work during the Covid-19 pandemic and reiterated institutional values in his State of the School address over Zoom Tuesday.


Faculty Discuss Campus Covid Situation, Potential Graduate Student Strike

An early September Covid-19 surge led to “nail-biting” moments for administrators, but Harvard has dodged “severe” cases of Covid-19 among vaccinated students this semester, University officials said during a faculty meeting Tuesday.


Ed Portal Panelists Discuss Monuments’ Past and Future

Boston and Cambridge-area arts professionals discussed the ability of new kinds of monuments to “contribute to the formation of a positive collective identity” at a Harvard Ed Portal panel on Tuesday.


Harvard Saw Decrease in Total Crimes and Sexual Assaults, Increase in Burglaries During 2020

The total number of reported crimes in 2020 was 178, down from the 220 total crimes reported in 2019. On-campus crimes also saw a 14 percent decrease in 2020 — when college students were sent home in March, and only freshmen were invited to live back on campus in the fall.


SEAS Appoints Committee on Plans to Consolidate Cambridge Buildings

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences appointed a task force to reexamine the plans it announced in June to vacate the historic Pierce Hall and consolidate its Cambridge footprint, with some faculty pushing back on the proposed move.


Hutchins Center Explores the Legacy of Eugenics in New England, at Harvard

Prominent historians and scholars convened virtually on Wednesday to discuss the legacy of eugenics in New England and at Harvard in a conference hosted by Harvard’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research.


Bacow Insists Harvard’s Move to End Fossil Fuel Investments is ‘Consistent’ with Past Positions

When University President Lawrence S. Bacow said earlier this month that Harvard would move to end its investments in the fossil fuel industry, the activists who had been pushing him to do so for years celebrated the news as a seismic shift.


Five Unions, Five Contracts: Unions Rally for Contracts and Benefits

More than 120 members and supporters of five Harvard unions at various stages of contract negotiations with the University jointly rallied for contracts and benefits in front of the John Harvard statue in Harvard Yard Tuesday, chanting, “What do we want? Contracts! When do we want them? Now!”


Penny Pritzker ’81 Donates $100 Million for New Economics Department Building

Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce and business leader Penny S. Pritzker ’81 donated $100 million to the Economics Department to support the construction of a new department building, Harvard announced Tuesday morning.


TPS Activists Celebrate 15-Month Extension, Continue Fight for Permanent Residency

Labor activists at Harvard have renewed their calls for permanent residency for individuals with Temporary Protected Status after the Department of Homeland Security announced extensions for recipients from El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan on Thursday.


Harvard Affiliates with Military Backgrounds Honor 20th Anniversary of 9/11

Harvard affiliates with military backgrounds came together Saturday to honor the twentieth anniversary of 9/11 at a barbeque hosted on the lawn of Harvard Business School that included remarks from University President Lawrence S. Bacow.


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