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Harvard University president resigns amid plagiarism controversy

Jan. 2, 2024
Claudine Gay's departure comes after holding the job for only 6 months.

Claudine Gay is resigning as president of Harvard University.

The Harvard Crimson reports that Gay’s resignation — just six months and two days into the presidency — comes amid growing allegations of plagiarism and doubts raised after her December congressional testimony about her ability to respond to antisemitism on campus.

Gay faced national backlash for her administration’s response to the attack of Israel by Hamas in October and subsequent allegations of plagiarism in her scholarly work.

The resignation comes three weeks after the Harvard Corporation, the the university's highest governing body, announced unanimous support for Gay after “extensive deliberations” following the congressional hearing.

University Provost Alan M. Garber will serve as Harvard's interim president while the university seeks a permanent successor.

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Mike Kennedy has been writing about education for American School & University since 1999. He also has reported on schools and other topics for The Chicago Tribune, The Kansas City Star, The Kansas City Times and City News Bureau of Chicago. He is a graduate of Michigan State University.

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