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Samuel W. Zwickel

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Committee on Student Life Approves 45 New Student Groups, Denies 11

Of the 58 total organizations applying for recognition, 44 were unanimously approved by both the Committee on Student Life and the UC Rules Committee, four were unanimously rejected, and 10 were contested by the two bodies.

Dunster House

Mold Plagues ‘Virtually All Buildings,’ Dean Says After Dunster Mold Outbreak

Harvard administrators relocated several Dunster House affiliates into temporary accommodations after discovering an outbreak of mold in September, according to several affected students.

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In First State Court Hearing, Lawyers for Harvard and Single-Gender Social Groups Spar Over Sanctions

Attorneys for Harvard and single-gender social organizations presented opposing views of Harvard’s contentious social group sanctions in state court on Wednesday afternoon.

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House Committee Approves Bill Imperiling Harvard Sanctions

A Congressional committee has approved a bill tying federal education funding to students’ freedom of association, threatening Harvard’s ability to enforce its controversial penalties on single-sex social organizations.

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U.S. Rep. Stefanik Blasts Harvard Sanctions As Committee Considers Legislative Rebuff

United States Rep. Elise M. Stefanik ’06 denounced Harvard’s social group sanctions as discriminatory and argued in favor of legislation protecting college students’ freedom of association during a committee hearing Wednesday.

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Student Life Committee Plans Review of Student Groups’ Comps

The Committee on Student Life discussed an assessment of the social group sanctions, preparations for the new Allston campus, and a prospective audit of student organizations’ “comp” processes in its first meeting of the year Thursday.

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Harvard Ruling May Offer ‘Roadmap’ for Other Affirmative Action Cases

Harvard is not the only university currently facing a challenge to its admissions policies. The plaintiff in Harvard’s case — anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions — is also the plaintiff in a pending lawsuit against the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Tuesday’s Admissions Decision is Only the First Step in a Long Appeals Process, Experts Say

Edward Blum, president of plaintiff Students for Fair Admissions, vowed to appeal the decision in his statement following Judge Allison D. Burroughs’s ruling, a move experts say is likely to tangle the case years of further litigation.

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Federal Judge Rules Harvard's Admissions Policies Do Not Discriminate Against Asian American Applicants

The ruling brings an end to this stage of the lawsuit filed against the University by anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions in 2014. SFFA alleged that the College's admissions policies discriminate against Asian American applicants by holding them to higher standards.

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Harvard To Discipline Student Groups Led by Members of Unrecognized Social Organizations

This is the first time that the College has formally documented a disciplinary process for student organizations whose members do not comply with the sanctions.

Lowell House Sustainability

Harvard Pilots ‘Space-Age Technology’ in New Lowell Suite

Freshly renovated Lowell House features a new "Dynamic Energy Suite" – a six-bedroom pod of dorm rooms with built-in technological enhancements that monitor power consumption and adjust lighting for better sleep and energy efficiency.

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Top Harvard Administrators Join Lowell House Senior Common Room

Lowell House welcomed 49 new members — including former University President Drew G. Faust and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Claudine Gay — to its Senior Common Room this fall.

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Harvard College Appoints New Title IX Coordinator

Erin Clark will serve as the new Harvard College Title IX Coordinator, Dean of Students Katherine G. O’Dair announced in an email to students Friday afternoon.

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Lockwood To Serve as Interim Freshman Resident Dean

Meghan Lockwood will serve as interim resident dean of Elm Yard, College administrators announced in an email to freshmen Friday.

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Sanctions Lawsuit Will Proceed in Federal Court, Judge Rules

A judge ruled earlier this month that the federal lawsuit alleging the College’s social group sanctions are discriminatory will be moving forward with a subset of the original plaintiffs.