- Attorney Michael B. Keating's independent investigation of covert faculty e-mail searches by Harvard University administrators found that the searches "were undertaken in good faith."
- The searches took place last fall, when officials were attempting to find out how information about a cheating scandal involving 125 undergraduates was being leaked to the media.
- Harvard officials have since apologized and admitted that not notifying instructors was among their mistakes in the incident, but Keating found that the administrators believed they were following internal policies during the searches and that none of the administrators read any of the e-mails.
From the article:
... The searches, which targeted the accounts of resident deans — who are involved in the disciplinary process — “arose in the context of an unprecedented event in the history of the University,” Keating wrote. ...