Secret eMail searches on Harvard cheating scandal broader than initially described

Top Harvard University administrators disclosed Tuesday that covert searches of eMail accounts regarding a massive cheating scandal were more extensive than previously acknowledged, deepening a controversy that has caused a rift between faculty and the administration, The Boston Globe reports. Evelynn Hammonds, the dean of Harvard College, told faculty that she authorized a search of two eMail ­accounts belonging to a resident dean who had forwarded a confidential message about the scandal. The search looked specifically for correspondence with two Harvard Crimson reporters who had covered the scandal. Initially, Hammonds had said that only one of the dean’s e-mail accounts was searched, by an examination of the subject field alone.

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