A bombshell report in The Harvard Crimson has stated that embattled University President Claudine Gay is to resign Tuesday afternoon, ending what the publication noted as “the shortest presidency in the University’s history.” The stunning report comes following multiple, credible allegations of plagiarism against Gay and controversy over her response to incidents of antisemitism on campus.
According to The Crimson, Harvard spokesman Jonathan L. Swain declined to comment on the reported resignation and it is unknown who will be selected to serve as interim president. A formal announcement from The Corporation, the governing body of Harvard, is expected later today along with a statement from Gay regarding her decision.
Posting the report to X, independent journalist Greg Price wrote, “Claudine Gay will be resigning this afternoon as the president of Harvard after allegations of plagiarism and her disastrous testimony before Congress. It’s the shortest tenure in the history of the university.”
🚨BREAKING: Claudine Gay will be resigning this afternoon as the president of Harvard after allegations of plagiarism and her disastrous testimony before Congress.
It's the shortest tenure in the history of the university.https://t.co/nniKRCe5VN
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) January 2, 2024
As reported previously by Trending Politics, Gay was systematically cross-examined by GOP Conference Chair, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY) on the University’s stances on free speech and Harvard’s handling of hate speech alongside the Presidents of MIT and the University of Pennsylvania Dec. 5th.
Stefanik called upon her to answer for the clear disparity in the University’s enforcement of its code of conduct. “A Harvard student calling for the mass murder of African-Americans is not protected free speech at Harvard, correct?” she asked.
She pressed Gay for answers to students chanting for an “Intifada,” and questioned, “You understand that the use of the term intifada in the context of the Israeli-Arab conflict is indeed a call for violent armed resistance against the state of Israel, including violence against civilians and the genocide of Jews?”
“Are you aware of that?”
Harvard President Claudine Gay's response to Elise Stefanik was embarrassing but not for the reasons people claim. It was embarrassing because she accepted Stefanik's premise that saying "intifada" is equivalent to a call for genocide, which is ridiculous.pic.twitter.com/QIpPQzMlkX
— Shadi Hamid (@shadihamid) December 6, 2023
“Harvard ranks the lowest when it comes to protecting Jewish students,” Stefanik told Gay. “Your testimony today not being able to answer with moral clarity speaks volumes.”
WATCH-@RepStefanik grills Harvard President Claudine Gay:
"Harvard ranks the lowest when it comes to protecting Jewish students…Your testimony today not being able to answer with moral clarity speaks volumes." pic.twitter.com/NozRwNInDi
— House Committee on Education & the Workforce (@EdWorkforceCmte) December 5, 2023
Following the report from The Crimson Stefanik posted to X, “TWO DOWN. Harvard knows that this long overdue forced resignation of the antisemitic plagiarist president is just the beginning of what will be the greatest scandal of any college or university in history.”
TWO DOWN. @Harvard knows that this long overdue forced resignation of the antisemitic plagiarist president is just the beginning of what will be the greatest scandal of any college or university in history.https://t.co/ZJLxrHw1Zd
— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) January 2, 2024
“Our doubts began in the wake of the attacks on Oct. 7. Without question, Gay botched her public response to the crisis,” they wrote. “Now, on top of these blunders, it has surfaced that Gay plagiarized portions of multiple academic papers. The situation seems to worsen with every passing week.”
The students added, “President Gay may be a good person. She may even be a praiseworthy scholar, despite the allegations. But that isn’t enough to remain president. The leader of the world’s foremost university must be held to a higher standard, one that Gay has unfortunately failed.”