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Harvard Digs a Deeper Hole on Cheating, E-Mail

A statue of John Harvard sits in Harvard Yard on the school's campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts
A statue of John Harvard sits in Harvard Yard on the school's campus in Cambridge, MassachusettsPhotograph by Michael Fein/Bloomberg

Harvard has finally retained some adult legal supervision to sort out its cheating-and-e-mail-snooping fiasco. That’s the good news.

The bad news remains that the country’s most closely followed institution of higher education has already done damage to its valuable brand. The university’s clumsy reaction to the mess has made an embarrassing situation worse.