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Trump Says Harvard Will Have to 'Pay Back' CARES Funds

President Donald Trump said in a press conference Tuesday evening that he would request that Harvard return the nearly $9 million it was granted as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

Harvard Yard

Facing Backlash, Harvard Will Allocate 100 Percent of CARES Act Funds to Student Financial Assistance

After receiving backlash for the nearly $9 million in funding it netted under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, Harvard will allocate 100 percent of the federal aid to student financial assistance.

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Student Life

FAS Dean Gay Says Higher Ed Must Think 'Rigorously' and 'Creatively' About Fall Semester

As the coronavirus pandemic drags on, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Claudine Gay said in an interview Thursday that she and other higher education administrators are looking for “rigorous and creative” solutions to ensure academic progress for all students this fall.

Early Voting Starts

With Requirement Changes Pending, Massachusetts Candidates Scramble to Get on Ballot

In a normal election year, collecting the required number of signatures to get on a Massachusetts primary ballot would seem to be one of a candidate’s easiest tasks.

Massachusetts Hall

Harvard Forms Committee to Plan Online Ceremony, Prepares for Postponed Traditional Commencement Exercises

University President Lawrence S. Bacow said in an interview Monday that Harvard formed a committee to plan for an online graduation ceremony and has begun to develop arrangements for its postponed 369th Commencement Exercises.

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On Campus

Quincy House Dining Staff Will Not Report to Work After Two Co-Workers Test Positive for COVID-19

Harvard University Dining Services employees working in Quincy House’s dining hall stopped reporting to work Saturday after two of their co-workers tested positive for COVID-19.

SEAS Progress

Harvard Postpones Opening of Allston Science and Engineering Complex to Spring 2021

Harvard will delay the opening of its new Science and Engineering Complex in Allston until spring 2021, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Dean Francis J. Doyle III announced in an email to SEAS affiliates Friday afternoon.

University Hall

Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences Unable to Cover FY2020 Budget After Netting $30 Million in Coronavirus Losses

Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences is unable to cover its budget for Fiscal Year 2020 after incurring more than $30 million in “unforeseen expenses and lost revenue” due to the coronavirus pandemic, FAS Dean Claudine Gay wrote in an email to faculty and staff Friday.

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University Finances

Harvard to Issue $1.1 Billion in Bonds, Capitalizing on Low Interest Rate

Harvard will sell up to $573 million in revenue bonds through a state agency and use the proceeds to refinance outstanding debt, and sell $500 million in taxable bonds for “corporate purposes,” according to a report from Moody’s Investors Service this week.

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Directed to Seek Remote Employment, Students Say Harvard Has Not Provided Sufficient Job Offerings

After the closure of Harvard’s campus last month spelled the sudden end of many undergraduates’ campus jobs, students seeking online employment to supplement lost income say Harvard has failed to offer them a sufficient array of work opportunities.

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On Leave Due to COVID-19 Concerns, Forty-Three Harvard Dining Workers Risk Going Without Pay

Forty-three Harvard University Dining Services employees are at risk of going unpaid for the remainder of the school year because of a loophole in the compensation policies the University has instituted during the novel coronavirus pandemic, according to several affected employees and two representatives from their union.