Well, this is embarrassing. Three weeks after trying to contain a scandal involving spying on administrator's email accounts, Harvard just admitted to violating its own email policy in additional searches of a resident dean's email account. The details are a little bit nuanced, but to make a long story short, Harvard not only spied on its staff. It lied about it, too.
You might remember the first round of searches from last month, when the university made headlines for snooping on its own employees in an attempt to find the culprit who leaked confidential information about a cheating scandal that ultimately led to as many as 70 students leaving school. After a meeting on Tuesday night, The Harvard Crimson reported that Dean Hammonds told the faculty that she authorized a second round of searches of the resident dean's email accounts, including the faculty account that's off-limits.
All this doesn't really change the status quo too much. The university is still doing a big investigation into its email surveillance policies, and those students who were forced to leave are still gone. The anonymous resident dean at the center of the whole scandal remains anonymous. However, this latest development does make Harvard look worse than they already did. But hey, worse things have happened.
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