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30,000 Chairs: Planning Harvard’s Triple Commencement

On Thursday, thousands of students, family members, and friends inundated Harvard Yard for the Class of 2022’s Commencement. On Sunday, tens of thousands more will do the same in celebration of the Classes of 2020 and 2021. An occasion of this magnitude demanded careful preparation, administrators say.


‘I Had to Speak’: Harvard Affiliates Decry War in Ukraine Amid Disappointment in University Response

Harvard affiliates with close ties to Ukraine or Russia were determined to support Ukraine following the February invasion by Russia. But their drive to speak out against the invasion has been coupled with growing disappointment in Harvard, which some students say has fallen short of its promises to support affected affiliates.


Harvard Proposed a New Definition of Consent. Some Advocates Say its Wording is Flawed.

When Harvard released a set of proposed changes to its sexual harassment, non-discrimination, and anti-bullying policies two weeks ago, a new definition of consent was one of the key changes. While some student advocates welcomed the proposal as a step in the right direction, others have taken issue with its wording.


Protesters Stage Walkout of Event with Israeli Ambassador at Harvard Kennedy School

Chanting “end the occupation” and “apartheid has got to go,” Harvard Out of Occupied Palestine protesters disrupted an event with Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Michael Herzog, at the Harvard Kennedy School on Thursday.


IT Oversight Left Thousands of Harvard Internal Files Vulnerable — Again

Last fall, a massive security oversight allowed anyone with a Harvard key access tens of thousands of administrative files. Up until recently, a second data insecurity allowed Harvard affiliates to still view thousands of documents.


As Comment Period Commences, Bacow Pledges to Weigh Feedback on Newly-Proposed Harassment Policies

Harvard President Lawrence S. Bacow on Friday pledged to listen to feedback on a set of proposed changes to University-wide harassment policies, adding that he hopes the procedures will be approved by the school’s top governing board.


Tracy Pun Palandjian ’93 to Join Harvard Corporation in July

Tracy Pun Palandjian ’93, an impact investing leader and former member of the Harvard Board of Overseers, will join the Harvard Corporation — the University’s highest governing body — in July, the University announced Monday.


Coalition for a Diverse Harvard Backs Six Board of Overseers Candidates

The Coalition for a Diverse Harvard — a network of Harvard affiliates dedicated to increasing diversity and promoting equity at the University — endorsed six candidates for this year’s Board of Overseers election and six candidates for the Harvard Alumni Association’s elected directorships on March 20.


Class Action Lawsuit Demanding Tuition Reimbursement Moves Forward After Judge Reverses Dismissal

In June 2021, Massachusetts District Court Judge Indira Talwani dismissed a class action lawsuit against Harvard University asking for partial tuition reimbursement for semesters with virtual classes. Nearly a year later, a new judge assigned to the case has revived it.


Bacow Defends Foreign Research Collaboration Following Lieber's Conviction

University President Lawrence S. Bacow reiterated in a Thursday interview Harvard’s commitment to academic collaboration with foreign scholars following the federal conviction of Chemistry professor Charles M. Lieber.


Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery Initiative Plans Events for the Spring

The Presidential Initiative on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery, launched by University President Lawrence S. Bacow in November 2019, plans to organize a series of events in the coming months before presenting its findings in April.


Ten Stories That Shaped 2021

At Harvard, 2021 was a year marked by change. The school’s long-awaited return to in-person operations injected new life into a campus that had been left dormant for over a year by Covid-19. And in an unexpected shift, the University announced its intention to divest its endowment from fossil fuels after a decade of public pressure. Separately, faculty controversies — including a federal conviction and a high-profile departure — ignited debates that rippled across academia. Below, The Crimson looks back at the 10 stories that shaped the last year at Harvard.


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