Harvard won’t say if it rescinded Owen Labrie’s admission

Former St. Paul's School student Owen Labrie during his testimony on Wednesday.
Former St. Paul's School student Owen Labrie during his testimony on Wednesday. –Charles Krupa/AP

After he was accepted to Harvard College, Owen Labrie’s Facebook profile was added to the Harvard College Class of 2018’s Facebook page. A few months later, it had disappeared.

During the summer before what should’ve been his freshman year at Harvard, Labrie was arrested on rape charges.

In September 2014, The Harvard Crimson noted that Labrie was no longer enrolled in the college. The Crimson also wrote that the Facebook profile, which he would use to communicate with the girl before the assault occurred, was no longer listed on the Harvard College student directory Facebook or the Class of 2018’s Facebook page.


On Friday, Labrie was found not guilty of the three felony charges of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl. He was, however, found guilty of one felony charge of using a computer to solicit the girl, and of three misdemeanor sexual assault charges.

Rachael Dane, a spokeswoman for Harvard College, said the school doesn’t publicly comment on the admissions status of individual applicants, but she did release a statement:

“Harvard College reserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission under certain conditions, which are clearly expressed to students upon their acceptance,’’ she said in a statement. “An offer of admission may be rescinded if a student engages in behavior that brings into question his or her honesty, maturity, or moral character.’’

Take that for what you will.


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