Crimson staff writer
James S. Bikales
Forty-three Harvard University Dining Services employees are at risk of going unpaid for the remainder of the school year because of a loophole in the compensation policies the University has instituted during the novel coronavirus pandemic, according to several affected employees and two representatives from their union.
Amid nationwide reports of so-called “Zoombombing,” Harvard University Information Technology will activate password protection by default on all Harvard meetings held over Zoom beginning Wednesday.
While the novel coronavirus pandemic has uprooted the lives of many faculty working on campus this year — forcing them to switch to remote teaching and ramp down laboratory research — it has also disrupted the work of many faculty currently on leave.
The Faculty of Arts and Sciences will not convene its monthly meeting in April, Secretary of the Faculty Susan L. Lively announced in an email to faculty and guests Wednesday.
Petition Urging Harvard to Extend Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Appointments Garners More Than 800 Signatures
A group of non-tenure-track Harvard faculty distributed a petition Tuesday urging Harvard to extend time caps on the appointments of non-tenure-track faculty by at least one year due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Several Harvard faculty said they believe the College’s universal satisfactory-unsatisfactory grading system announced Friday afternoon will level the playing field and take pressure off students during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
After Harvard offered many of its tenure-track faculty one-year contract extensions last week due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, several non-tenure-track faculty members argued the University should also extend the time caps on their appointments.
Subcontracted Guards Decry Lack of Comparable Emergency Benefits to Harvard Employees After Coronavirus Closes Campus Facilities
Subcontracted security guards at Harvard say they have not been guaranteed the same emergency compensation benefits as the University’s direct-hire employees, even as some guards report losing work and pay following the closure of many campus facilities in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some teaching fellows said the transition to remote learning will transform the structure of their course and their style of teaching; others said their class will function more or less as usual.
Allowing Harvard hopefuls some reprieve as the world grapples with the novel coronavirus pandemic, several of the University’s graduate schools have adjusted their admissions programming and application processes following the shutdown of many campus operations.