Protests


Nearly 200 Harvard Students Hold ‘Die-In’ Protesting Airstrikes on Rafah

Nearly 200 students gathered on Widener steps to stage a “die-in” demanding that Harvard disclose and divest its financial ties to “companies complicit in human rights abuses towards Palestinians” on Monday afternoon.


More Than 30 Harvard Students Hunger Strike for 12 Hours in Solidarity With Brown Protesters

More than 30 pro-Palestinian Harvard students participated in a 12-hour hunger strike Friday in solidarity with 17 students at Brown University who refused to eat for eight days to pressure the Brown Corporation to divest from Israel.


Harvard FAS Dean Hoekstra Convenes Committee on Classroom Norms

Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Hopi E. Hoekstra is convening a faculty committee to address classroom norms, she announced at an FAS meeting Tuesday amid heightened concerns over academic freedom and about classroom disruptions by pro-Palestine student activists.


Harvard, Securitas Settle with Security Guard in Retaliation Case

Harvard and Securitas settled a National Labor Relations Board case with former security guard Walter J. Terzano, who alleged that the University and Securitas retaliated against him for organizing a protest.


Senior Harvard Officials Clarify Protest Guidelines as Students Return to Campus

Harvard’s top brass outlined the forms of protest and dissent that violate University policies in an email to Harvard affiliates Friday afternoon, a warning that comes after months of intense campus protests in the wake of the Israel-Hamas war.


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.


Harvard Students Hold Silent ‘Study-In’ at Widener Library, Rally at Mass. Hall to Call for End of War in Gaza

More than 100 Harvard students and affiliates staged a silent “study-in” at Widener Library, followed by a rally at Massachusetts Hall Sunday around noon to demand an end to the war in Gaza.


Harvard Pro-Palestine Groups Organize ‘Week of Action,’ Drawing Criticism for ‘Intifada’ Chants

Dozens of Harvard students and affiliates participated in a pro-Palestine “week of action,” which included two rallies and a protest sign-making event, to call on the University to “stop its complicity in Israeli apartheid.”


Dozens Resign from Harvard Grad Union Over Response to Hamas Attacks and Jewish, Israeli Student Concerns

More than 30 members of Harvard’s graduate student union resigned since Thursday, criticizing the union’s response to Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack on Israel and stating the union “repeatedly ignored” concerns raised by Jewish and Israeli members.


Eight Students Face Harvard College Ad Board Hearings After 24-Hour University Hall Occupation

Eight undergraduates are facing disciplinary hearings before the Harvard College Administrative Board over their participation in last week’s 24-hour occupation of University Hall, several of the students confirmed during a protest at Massachusetts Hall Monday afternoon.


Harvard GSAS Publishes — Then Removes — Policy Restricting Protests As Pro-Palestine Demonstrations Sweep Campus

Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences published a policy Friday that would require students to register protests and impose restrictions on protesters’ conduct — before removing the language from their website entirely Tuesday.


As Harvard Jews for Palestine Occupy University Hall, Dean of Faculty Hoekstra Stays Mum

As a dozen students from Harvard Jews for Palestine staged a sit-in just two floors below her office in University Hall Thursday afternoon, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Hopi E. Hoekstra spoke with The Crimson — and had nothing to say on the occupation.


Amid Pro-Palestine ‘Day of Action,’ Law School Affiliates Attend Silent Vigil, Rally Against Speech Infringement

More than 100 Harvard Law School affiliates gathered in a crowded Caspersen Student Center lounge Thursday afternoon for a silent vigil to mourn Palestinians killed in the Israel-Hamas war. After the vigil, they rallied outside Wasserstein Hall in support of Palestine and against alleged suppression of free speech on campus.


University Hall Occupied By Harvard Jews For Palestine, Group Demanding Ceasefire in Israel-Hamas War

The occupation of University Hall by nine pro-Palestine student organizers will continue through the night, a student protester announced late Thursday evening, after Harvard College Dean Rakesh Khurana gave them the opportunity to leave without disciplinary consequences.


Harvard Pro-Palestine Student Groups Hold Visibility Week for Thousands of Deaths in Gaza

Hundreds of Harvard students and affiliates called attention to Palestinian deaths amid the ongoing violence in Gaza during a week of visibility hosted by the Harvard Undergraduate Palestine Solidarity Committee and Graduate Students 4 Palestine.


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