Faculty Furious After Harvard Snoops in Email Accounts
Administrators sought source of leak on cheating
By Matt Cantor, Newser User | Suggested by pg13
Posted Mar 11, 2013 11:11 AM CDT
Updated Mar 11, 2013 2:08 PM CDT
People are led on a tour group at the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

(Newser) – Harvard faculty members are fuming over word that the university quietly searched 16 resident deans' email accounts following a cheating scandal. Administrators were investigating how an internal memo responding to the scandal was leaked to the media, the New York Times reports. "People are just bewildered at this point, because it was so out of keeping with the way we’ve done things at Harvard," says Harry Lewis, a professor and former dean.

Just one of the deans was told of the search soon after it occurred; the other 15 weren't told until the Boston Globe looked into the issue. "Why not tell them what was being done if it was really an OK thing to do?" Lewis asks. Harvard released a detailed statement today, saying it made a "very narrow, careful, and precise subject-line search," and that they didn't read the contents of anyone's mail. They say they didn't tell anyone because they determined the leak was unintentional, and wanted to protect the leaker's privacy.

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Mar 12, 2013 4:15 AM CDT
It's a private school so apparently everyone has carte blanche, right? Nooooooo!
Mar 11, 2013 3:39 PM CDT
Get over it - It isn't your private e-mail - so it's not snooping, it's just research that the university security has a right to do. Go check with your legal department you whiners...
Mar 11, 2013 3:11 PM CDT
Cheating on college exams is easy after paying a few bucks for a list of the questions or by listening into your smart phone to get the answers. Most professors leave the room for a ten minute break during the exam, they return to a class of smiling students. There are a hundred ways to cheat on a college exam the only failures are those that are too stupid to know how to pass a test.