Harvard Dean Ousted Over Scandal Evelynn Hammonds resigns amid scrutiny By Kevin Spak, Newser Staff Posted May 28, 2013 3:20 PM CDT 24 comments Comments Students walk through the Harvard Law School area in Cambridge, Mass., in this Nov. 19, 2002 file photo. (AP Photo/Chitose Suzuki, file) (Newser) – The dean of Harvard College is stepping down amid controversy over her decision to authorize searches of faculty email accounts in relation to the school's cheating scandal, the Boston Globe reports. While the email announcing Evelynn Hammonds' departure didn't specifically mention the email snooping, Hammonds was in the thick of that scandal, admitting last month to having conducted the searches even as the school's president agreed with angry staffers that something else should have been done. Rumors have been swirling that Hammond would depart ever since. Hammonds, the Atlantic Wire points out, is the school's first black, female dean. She'll stay with the school, leading a new program on race and gender in science and medicine, but only after taking a sabbatical of undisclosed duration.