Harvard University central administrators secretly searched the email accounts of 16 resident deans last fall, looking for a leak to the media about the school's sprawling cheating case, reports the Boston Globe. The resident deans sit on Harvard's Administrative Board, the committee charged with handling the cheating case. They were not warned that administrators planned to access their accounts, and only one was told of the search shortly afterward.
The email searches occurred about six months ago, but 15 of the 16 deans were unaware their accounts had been accessed by administrators until the Globe approached Harvard with questions about it. The university then decided to inform the deans. Meanwhile, the New York Times said some on campus expect a confrontation between the faculty and administration. Law professor Charles Ogletree said he was “shocked and dismayed.”