Harvard Secretly Searched Deans’ E-Mails, Reports Say

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (March 10, 2013)—Published reports say Harvard University administrators secretly searched the e-mails of 16 of the university’s deans last fall, looking for a leak to reporters about a case of cheating.

Citing school officials, The Boston Globe and The New York Times reported that the e-mail accounts belonged to deans on a committee addressing the cheating who were not warned about e-mail access.

Only one was told of the search afterward, the newspapers reported.

Michael Smith, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, said in an email Sunday that if the committee's work were compromised, Harvard College would safeguard the integrity of the process.

Harvard spokesman Jeff Neal says Harvard does not routinely monitor e-mails for any reason.

Harvard issued academic sanctions last month against scores of students forced to withdraw in the wake of an exam cheating scandal.

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