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Dever Confirms No BLM Punishment

At an alumni meeting in Philadelphia on March 29, Provost Dever confirmed a fact that this space has previously reported: the students who invaded Baker Library and screamed racist insults at studying undergraduates in the most aggressive possible fashion will not be sanctioned in any way.

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Dever was responding to a direct query on the matter, and while she took time to answer it, she eventually stated that while several students had been questioned by the College about the incident, no punishment was meted out.

Of course, the College has now set a precedent. What is it? That students can violently disrupt the studies of other students with racist speech? Or is it that students of color can violently disrupt the studies of other students with racist speech?

Whatever the determination, anyone with a sense of justice that is based on consistently applied, objective principles, rather than on some skewed form of guilt, has to feel outrage at this outcome.

Addendum: Phil, best of luck with your capital campaign.

Addendum: A reader notes Harvard’s success in raising money, as reported by the Crimson:

Harvard has raised at least $6.5 billion in its capital campaign, breaking a higher education fundraising record after only two and half years of its five year-long public drive, according to two donors with direct knowledge of the campaign’s progress.

With $6.5 billion raised, Harvard has surpassed its public goal and Stanford’s $6.2 billion capital campaign, which ended in late 2011 and set a higher education record. The first capital campaign at Harvard to involve each of the University’s 12 schools simultaneously, the fundraising drive aims to support student financial aid, a new campus in Allston, and the renewal of undergraduate Houses, among other priorities.

By the time of its public launch in September 2013, the “One Harvard” campaign had already raised $2.8 billion in gifts and pledges during its “quiet phase.” Since then, Harvard has attracted multiple high-level gifts that moved its total closer to the $6.5 billion target.

Phil will soon have been in town for three years, and our long-awaited capital campaign seems stuck in its too-quiet phase.

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