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Harvard defends e-mail searches, offers limited apology

Dispute over how deans were notified

Harvard University officially confirmed Monday that it had secretly gained access to the ­e-mail accounts of 16 resident deans and apologized for the discomfort it caused, but said that doing so was necessary to safeguard the privacy of students caught up in last year’s cheating scandal.

The university’s statement — released by Michael Smith, the dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and Evelynn Hammonds, dean of the college — did not fully quell the controversy on campus and drew an emphatic response from a key figure in the case.

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