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Molly C. McCafferty

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Language Credit

Language Requirement Changes Pave Way for Harvard Students Seeking Credit for Native Languages

Eli J. Langley ’20-’21 said that when he arrived at Harvard he found the University's language programs made it difficult to receive credit for Koasati. But recent changes to the language requirement have paved the way for more students to receive credit for proficiency in Native-American languages.

White House

Shutdown Poses Research Challenges For Some Harvard Faculty

Funding lapses and restricted access to collaborators and resources — consequences of the longest government shutdown in United States history — have left some Harvard faculty members’ research projects mired in uncertainty, though most remain insulated from the shutdown’s effects for now.

University Hall

Student Who Sued Harvard for Investigating Alleged, Off-Campus Sexual Assault Voluntarily Dismisses Case

A Harvard College student who sued the University alleging it had wrongfully opened an investigation into sexual assault allegations against him has voluntarily dismissed his suit, according to documents filed in federal court Friday.

The Lightning Rod
Harvard Law School

Epstein Allegedly Directed Second Woman to Have Sex with Harvard Prof. Dershowitz, Court Documents State

Court documents filed in a recently settled lawsuit against billionaire, Harvard donor, and convicted sex offender Jeffrey E. Epstein allege Epstein directed a second woman to have sex with Harvard Law Professor Emeritus Alan M. Dershowitz.

University Hall

Faculty Shopping Week Committee Stakes Out Its Case, Encourages Student Input

Forty-four percent of Faculty of Arts and Sciences courses with teaching fellows last year had to add or drop discussion sections based on unexpected enrollment numbers, according to a website launched Friday by a faculty committee tasked with proposing potential changes to “shopping week.”

Leverett Dining Hall

Leverett Dining Workers Concerned By Lack of Separate Changing Rooms, Racist Graffiti

Amid rising concerns over the lack of separate changing rooms for workers of all genders, dining hall employees in Leverett House are calling for a meeting with management to address issues of “safety, dignity, and respect."

Plympton Street outside of Quincy House.

Harvard Police Investigating 'Indecent Assault' of Female Undergraduate on Plympton Street

HUPD is investigating a female student's report that she was “indecently assaulted” while walking on Plympton Street early Tuesday morning, a HUPD spokesperson wrote in an email to Harvard affiliates Tuesday.

HUCTW Protestor, Revisited

Clerical Union Votes to Ratify Contract With Harvard, Ushering In Raises, Protections for Temps

Ultimately, 94 percent of voters opted to accept the agreement in Wednesday’s election. Around 51 percent of the union’s 5,100-member bargaining unit participated in the vote — a turnout number that HUCTW President Carrie Barbash said she felt was strong.

Cambridge Common Menorah

Cambridge Police Investigate Possible Hate Crime After Man Topples Harvard Chabad’s Menorah

Cambridge police are investigating a “possible hate crime” after witnesses say a man intentionally toppled over a large menorah.

University Hall

Student Sues Harvard for Investigating Alleged Sexual Assault That Took Place Off-Campus

The unnamed male student, dubbed “John Doe” is demanding Harvard cease to investigate him and pay him $75,000 in damages, as well as compensate him for any costs incurred during litigation.

Jeffrey Epstein
Harvard Law School

Billionaire and Convicted Sex Offender Jeffrey Epstein Boasts Deep, Longstanding Ties to Harvard

Epstein donated millions to the University. He funded the construction of a campus building. He cultivated cozy friendships with top Harvard brass including a former University president. And he forged close personal and professional ties to Alan M. Dershowitz.

Part-time excessive work

‘Dancing Around the Rules’: Union Says Harvard Eked Out Extra Work from Hundreds of Part-Time Workers Without Pay

A Harvard union found that the University paid and treated nearly 300 individuals as temporary or half-time workers in 2018 even though the employees were putting in “excessive hours.”

Admissions Lawyers at Lowell House
Student Life

Harvard Lawyers Discuss Admissions Trial With Students Behind Closed Doors

Two top lawyers who defended Harvard in the recently concluded admissions trial discussed the case with students in an off-the-record meeting Wednesday. Members of the press were not allowed to attend.

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Grad Unionization Movement Sees Successes Nationwide As Harvard Begins Bargaining

Months after Harvard's graduate students voted to unionize for the first time in the school's almost four centuries of existence, unions at peer institutions around the nation have begun to win both elections and bargaining rights.


Grad Union Petitions Harvard for More Bargaining Sessions

Negotiators for Harvard’s graduate student union are asking the union’s 5,000-plus members to sign a petition calling on administrators to schedule more half-day bargaining sessions.