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Harvard Rescinds 10 Acceptances Over Obscene Posts

The messages, exchanged on a private Facebook group, at times joked about sexual assault, ethnic groups and the Holocaust.

(Reuters) — Harvard University has revoked its acceptance of at least 10 applicants to its incoming freshman class after learning the group traded sexually explicit and sometimes racist images in a private online message group, the student newspaper reported.


A university spokeswoman declined on Monday to comment on Sunday's Harvard Crimson report, which cites multiple members of the incoming class, including one unnamed prospective who said his admission offer had been withdrawn.

The messages, exchanged on a private Facebook group, at times joked about sexual assault, ethnic groups and the Holocaust, and referred to child abuse as sexually arousing. One message referred to the hanging of a Mexican child as "pinata time," the newspaper reported.

University officials notified the students in April that their admission offers had been revoked, the Crimson said.

"We do not comment publicly on the admissions status of individual applicants," Harvard spokeswoman Rachael Dane said in an email.

University policies allow for admission offers to be rescinded under several circumstances, including if students fail to graduate high school; are shown to have lied on their applications; or take part in conduct that brings their honesty, maturity or moral character into question.

The move comes as U.S. colleges and universities are taking an increasingly tough tone on sex assault and harassment.

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Democrats O​utraising Republicans in Key House Races

Party leaders, encouraged by recent victories in special elections in Pennsylvania and Alabama, hope it will be enough to help them flip 24 seats needed in November to wrestle control of the chamber from Republicans.

(Reuters) — Democrats have a $10.5 million fundraising advantage over Republicans in the 25 most competitive races for seats the U.S. House of Representatives ahead of the November elections, according to an analysis by Reuters.

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Justice Department Threatens to Sue Harvard over Admissions Policies

The Justice Department cited a 2015 lawsuit that charges Harvard's affirmative action policies discriminate against Asian American applicants.

(Reuters) — The U.S. Justice Department has threatened to sue Harvard University to force it to turn over documents as it investigates whether the Ivy League school's admission policies violate civil rights laws by discriminating against Asian American applicants.

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Harvard's First Female President to Step Down Next Year

Last year, Harvard replaced the academic shield of its law school to remove the 18th century crest of a slave-owning family that helped endow the school.

(Reuters) — Harvard University President Drew Faust, the first woman to serve in that post in the elite Ivy League school's 380-year history, plans to step down from her role at the end of the next academic year, she said on Wednesday.

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Student protesters at Yale University.

More Colleges 'Commit' to Diversity Initiatives

Yale, Brown and NYU have stated their goals, but time will tell how they hold up in the long run.

A lack of diversity and instances of blatant racism on college campuses have both recently garnered mass media attention. Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Amherst and Occidental are just a few schools that have had protests, sit-ins, walk-outs and demonstrations, with Claremont McKenna and University of Missouri even witnessing a collective three staff resignations. These incidents have sparked campus conversations as well as initiatives from the universities to promote diversity. Recently, Yale, Brown and NYU have made headlines for their efforts by committing a significant increase in funds for a diverse faculty as well as more on-campus resources. 

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Portraits of Black Professors at Harvard Defaced

Yet another incident of racism on college campuses, which authorities are investigating as a hate crime

Harvard Law School on Thursday became the newest addition to the ever-growing list of collegiate campuses being plagued by racially-charged incidents. Black strips of tape were stuck on several portraits of Black professors at the university. Not all portraits with Black professors were defaced, but only Black professors were targeted. University authorities currently do not have any suspects.

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New Coalition To Encourage Talented, But Poor Students To Apply To More Competitive Schools

The Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success has teamed up with Stanford, Dartmouth, Penn State, Rutgers and 84 others to change the way colleges can achieve greater inclusion in their student populations.

The lack of diversity in secondary education has recently been coming to light all over the country, with protests and outrage coming from Yale, University of Missouri, Occidental, Ahmerst, Claremont McKenna and Ithaca. For some students, the problem begins right at the application process. The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success has partnered with 83 schools across the country, including Harvard, Brown, Cornell and Princeton, to provide all students with the same opportunities to attend college.

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