- According to The Harvard Crimson, Harvard's Dean of the College, Evelynn M. Hammonds, told faculty at a Tuesday night meeting that she authorized a second round of e-mail searches, which peered into the faculty and administrative accounts of a resident dean suspected of leaking confidential information about the Ivy League school's recent cheating scandal.
- As many as 70 students left the school as a result of the cheating scandal, and the first round of searches last month put Harvard in the headlines for spying on its own employees to try to locate the source of the cheating scandal leak.
- The revelation that the snooping included the off-limits faculty account means that Harvard violated its own e-mail policy, though the university is still conducting an investigation of its e-mail surveillance policies.
From the article:
... Hammonds even insinuates that she withheld information. "Although I consulted with legal counsel, I did not inform Dean Smith about the two additional queries. This was a mistake," she said in a statement at Tuesday's faculty meeting. "I also regret the inaccuracies in our March 11 communication resulting from my failure to recollect the additional searches at the time of that communication." ...