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Harvard dismisses student amid allegations of 'multiple incidents of serious, persistent unwanted sexual contact'

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  December 6, 2013 04:17 PM

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Harvard University has dismissed a student amid allegations of “multiple incidents of serious and persistent unwanted sexual contact,” the Harvard Crimson student newspaper reported Friday.

Harvard dean Michael D. Smith announced the dismissal – a rare action for the university to take – at a meeting this week, the Crimson reported.

A 12-member faculty council voted to dismiss the student on Nov. 20 because “the student had violated the faculty’s policy on sexual assault and other sexual misconduct by engaging in multiple incidents of serious and persistent unwanted sexual contact,” Smith said, according to the Crimson.

University officials declined to identify the student to the Crimson.

On Friday, university spokesman Jeff Neal also declined to comment to Boston.com about the student’s identity or the case, citing federal student privacy laws.

Neal also declined to disclose how many alleged incidents were reported and when, whether any have involved criminal investigations and whether the campus community was ever notified about the incidents.

The Crimson reported that the last known dismissal from the university came in 2010, when faculty voted to dismiss a student who allegedly hacked into his teacher’s online accounts.

Matt Rocheleau can be reached at matthew.rocheleau@globe.com. Looking for more coverage of area colleges and universities? Go to our Your Campus pages.

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