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Ten Stories That Shaped 2023

In 2023, Harvard had a tumultuous year. Claudine Gay’s first semester ended amid a leadership crisis as she came under fire for her response to tensions on a campus divided by the Israel-Hamas war and faced allegations of plagiarism. Harvard’s legacy and donor preferences in admissions also faced national scrutiny following the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling striking down the University’s affirmative action policy. Across campus, scandal after scandal hit parts of the University. Here, The Crimson looks back at the 10 stories that shaped 2023 at Harvard.


Judge to Rule on Whether Claims in $25M Lawsuit by Harvard Prof. Francesca Gino Will Proceed

Harvard Business School professor Francesca Gino’s $25 million lawsuit will face its first major hurdle, with a federal judge set to rule on the motions to dismiss her claims filed by the University and quantitative analysis blog Data Colada.


Harvard Alumni Condemn University Leadership Following Viral Video of Confrontation at Pro-Palestine Protest

Prominent alumni condemned University leadership in recent weeks in the form of two open letters, both of which criticized administrators for failing to confront what one described as a “meteoric rise in antisemitism” on Harvard’s campus.


Harvard Business School Professor Francesca Gino’s Research Collaborators Launch ‘Many Co-Authors Project’ to Check Her Work

Harvard Business School professor Francesca Gino, an academic known for her studies on dishonesty, is at risk of losing her position at the University over allegations of data fraud. Now, Gino’s former co-authors are working to keep the rest of her research honest.


Former NASA Astronaut Discusses ‘Views from Above’ at Harvard Business School Talk

Retired NASA astronaut Colonel Terry W. Virts discussed takeaways from his extensive time in space at a Harvard Business School event Monday.


Shark Tank Investor Kevin O’Leary Judges Pitches, Awards $100,000 at Harvard Business School Event

Thousands of Harvard affiliates gathered at Klarman Hall on Tuesday evening to hear investor and Shark Tank star Kevin O’Leary judge pitches from eight Harvard students, who competed for an investment of $100,000 and a private conversation with O’Leary himself.


Harvard Moves to Partially Dismiss $25M Lawsuit by HBS Professor Gino, Citing Autonomy Concerns

Harvard University and Harvard Business School Dean Srikant M. Datar filed a motion on Tuesday to partially dismiss the pending $25 million lawsuit against them by HBS professor Francesca Gino, citing the need for the University to have autonomy in its academic decision-making.


Harvard Business School Partners with BCG on AI Productivity Study

A recent Harvard Business School study found that artificial intelligence tools increase worker productivity and accuracy on certain tasks but have a countervailing effect on other similarly-difficult tasks outside a certain “technological frontier.”


‘I Am Innocent’: Embattled HBS Prof. Francesca Gino Defends Against Data Fraud Allegations in Letter to Faculty

Harvard Business School professor Francesca Gino, facing possible tenure revocation after allegations of data fraud, rolled out a two-pronged defense against her detractors at the end of September — launching a public website and emailing a letter to HBS faculty.


New Post from Bloggers Sued by HBS Professor Gino Discusses External Investigation Findings

Quantitative analysis blog Data Colada published an analysis Saturday summarizing three exhibits in the defamation lawsuit filed against them by Harvard Business School professor Francesca Gino — the bloggers’ first public remarks on the substance of the lawsuit.


Battling in Court and on Campus, HBS Professor Francesca Gino Denies Data Fraud Allegations

As Harvard Business School professor Francesca Gino continues to battle for vindication in court and the public eye following accusations that she committed data fraud, faculty within HBS have grown increasingly wary of the sanctions against Gino — and the administration that imposed them.


Oprah Winfrey, Harvard Business School Professor Discuss New Book on ‘Happierness’

Television host and producer Oprah Winfrey and Harvard Business School professor Arthur C. Brooks discussed their new book “Build the Life You Want” at the Business School, reflecting on their past experiences and journeys to “happierness.”


Harvard’s Tenure and Discipline Policies, Analyzed, Amid Lawsuit by HBS Professor Gino

After allegations of data fraud by Harvard Business School professor Francesca Gino came to light in 2021, the school changed its research integrity policies to explicitly place termination on the table as a possible consequence.


Academics Raise More Than $315,000 for Data Bloggers Sued by Harvard Business School Professor Gino

A group of academics has raised more than $315,000 through a crowdfunding campaign to support the legal expenses of the professors behind data investigation blog Data Colada — who are being sued for defamation by Harvard Business School professor Francesca Gino.


In Historic Step, Harvard Moves Toward Tenure Revocation for Business School Professor Gino

Harvard Business School professor Francesca Gino — who faces allegations of data fraud — was notified on July 28 by Harvard’s Office of the President that the school had begun the process of reviewing her tenure for potential revocation, according to an attorney for Gino.


Embattled by Data Fraud Allegations, Business School Professor Francesca Gino Files Defamation Suit Against Harvard

Harvard Business School professor Francesca Gino filed a defamation lawsuit against Harvard, HBS Dean Srikant M. Datar, and a trio of data investigators Wednesday following severe allegations that at least four of Gino’s papers contained fraudulent data.


Bacow and John Kerry Discuss Global Energy Transition at Inaugural Harvard Climate Symposium

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate and former U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry discussed the global climate crisis with outgoing University President Lawrence S. Bacow at the inaugural Harvard Climate Symposium on Tuesday.


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