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Student Life

SEAS Dean Doyle Pleased with ‘Smooth’ Opening of New SEC Building

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Dean Francis J. Doyle III said he believes the “launch phase” of the new Science and Engineering Complex has been “very smooth.”

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FAS

Defying Projections, FAS Ends Fiscal Year with $51M Surplus

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences ended fiscal year 2021 with a $51 million surplus, according to the Dean’s annual report, which was presented during a monthly faculty meeting Tuesday.

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College

Freshmen Parents Brave Strike, Storms for Family Weekend

Parents, siblings, and relatives of the Class of 2025 had to dodge strikers and escape storms this weekend as they visited Harvard for First-Year Family Weekend.

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Central Administration

Bacow Defends Use of Confidential Committees in Tenure Process Following FAS Review

Just over a week after a review of Harvard’s tenure process found that the use of secretive ad hoc committees “erodes faculty trust” in the system, University President Lawrence S. Bacow defended the school’s use of the committees as a necessary aspect of deliberations.

FAS Tenure Report
FAS

FAS Tenure Report

A recent review of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences tenure system for professors recommended certain adjustments.

FAS Tenure Report
FAS

FAS Review Largely Upholds Tenure System Despite Acknowledging ‘Mistrust and Low Morale’

A review of tenure processes within the Faculty of the Arts and Sciences found that the tenure-track system is “structurally sound” but recommended adjustments in certain aspects of the system to address “mistrust and low morale” in the process.

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Student Life

Faculty Discuss Campus Covid Situation, Potential Graduate Student Strike

An early September Covid-19 surge led to “nail-biting” moments for administrators, but Harvard has dodged “severe” cases of Covid-19 among vaccinated students this semester, University officials said during a faculty meeting Tuesday.

University Hall
FAS

Alumni Gift $45 Million to Expand Asian American Studies

The donations will endow new professorships and graduate fellowships, as well as fund academic research in the field. The expansion is part of an FAS-led push to bolster the study of ethnicity, indigeneity, and migration at Harvard.

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College

FAS Committee to Announce Future Course Registration Proposal in December

The Committee on Course Registration announced Wednesday that it will reveal its proposal for the College’s future course registration model in December, which could spell the end of the current shopping week system.

Shopping Week Rally
College

Undergrads Overwhelmingly Back Shopping Week Referendum, Elect 48 to Undergraduate Council

Harvard College students voted overwhelmingly in favor of a referendum on shopping week and elected 48 students to the Undergraduate Council with high voter turnout, the UC Election Commission announced Friday afternoon.

Shopping Week Flyer
College

Committee to Vote on Proposal to Eliminate Spring 2022 Shopping Week

The Standing Committee on Undergraduate Educational Policy, an FAS panel overseeing the College curriculum, plans to vote Tuesday on a proposal to eliminate shopping week for the Spring 2022 semester.

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House Life

Harvard Reports High Vaccination Rates Among Students and Employees Ahead of Full Reopening

Just days ahead of move-in for the fall semester, 93 percent of Harvard employees and 87 percent of students are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, University administrators wrote in an email to affiliates Wednesday.

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FAS

Harvard Restores Prof. Fryer’s Teaching, Research Roles After Two-Year Sexual Harassment Suspension

Economics professor Roland G. Fryer Jr. will be allowed to return to teaching and research roles at Harvard this week after a two-year suspension for violating Faculty of Arts and Sciences sexual harassment policies.

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Student Life

Harvard Will Not Hold In-Person Shopping Week for Third Semester in a Row This Fall

Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences will hold virtual course previews in lieu of an in-person shopping week — a period at the start of the term when students can test out classes before officially enrolling — for the third semester in a row this fall.

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FAS

Anthropology Prof. Urton Stripped of Emeritus Status, Barred From Campus Following Sexual Misconduct Investigation

Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Claudine Gay stripped former Anthropology professor Gary Urton of his emeritus status and barred him from campus following an investigation that confirmed he violated sexual misconduct policies, she wrote in an email to Anthropology department affiliates Thursday.

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