Claudine Gay, the former President of Harvard University, was the target of a prank following her resignation. The activists displayed a “moving day” sign and parked U-Haul trucks outside her campus residence, a day after her resignation was announced.
The joke included a digital mobile billboard with messages such as “It’s moving day Claudine Gay!” and was sponsored by Accuracy in Media activists who demanded her resignation.
It's moving day for Claudine Gay.
— Accuracy In Media (@AccuracyInMedia) January 3, 2024
Gay’s resignation came amidst a controversial tenure, making her the shortest-tenured president in Harvard’s 388-year history.
Her decision to resign came after she faced accusations of plagiarizing her Ph.D. thesis and other scholarly publications, which she initially dismissed. As the situation intensified with the surfacing of additional claims, she ultimately chose to resign.
She stated that her resignation was in the best interests of Harvard to allow the institution to navigate the challenges it faced. Despite the support from the Harvard Corporation, Gay’s leadership faced intense scrutiny, especially following her testimony at a congressional hearing on antisemitism.
In December, Representative Elise Stefanik (R-NY) grilled Gay over the university’s approach to anti-Semitic incidents on campus.
The discussion included the issue of over 30 Harvard student organizations, including Amnesty International’s affiliate, blaming Israel for Hamas’ actions. Gay emphasized Harvard’s commitment to free speech, outlining its limits regarding policies against bullying, harassment, and intimidation, but did not comment on specific disciplinary cases.