Paging Aaron Sorkin! Paging Aaron Sorkin!
The Intro to Congress cheating scandal has claimed its first victim: a co-captain of Harvard’s basketball team. As recently reported in The Crimson, however, the much, much bigger story is the legal strategy other students are planning against Harvard. When asked to explain why they were planning to sue, a reliable tipster told us:
MANY students have been talking about suing and many students I know, have already contacted or retained attorneys for the impending matter. What have I heard they will be suing for? Defamation, Breach of Confidentiality, among other things stemming from the actual Gov 1310 case itself. I would put the number of kids that I know personally or kids who I’ve heard who are considering suing to about 25-30
S/he pointed to a Crimson article that quotes an unnamed Resident Dean (aren’t there only twelve of them?):
What is this? RD’s commenting to school news papers about Ad Board Cases …and requesting anonymity? That’s a complete violation of our confidentiality. Today after kids read that, they were flabbergasted that an RD would even comment on such a matter, let alone do so under anonymity. Who knows what s/he told the reporter? A lot of students are going to be suing based on the breach of confidentiality alone. The shadiness of the whole debacle is ridiculous. Now we have RD’s going speaking to the Crimson and doing so under the condition of anonymity ?
We also asked the tipster (who is implicated in the scandal) if s/he is personally worried about his/her case before the Ad Board. This is what we received:
For me, I’d say yes I am worried. I discussed the exam. It’s unfortunate because the class had a nature in which many students thought it was okay. I know that people on the outside are going to think that we are just shifting blame, but you really had to experience the class for yourself to know what many students are talking about. Collaboration just..”seemed okay”, everyone did it in the course. People who took it the year before and the year before that, TFs and students, I mean, it was just so widely accepted that it “boggles the mind” (to quote Justice Scalia) that Harvard, in an attempt to paint a picture for the public, does not want to acknowledge that one of their courses was structurally ridiculous.
We hope you’re taking notes, Mr. Sorkin.