Rescinding Admissions

By accepting the offer of admission, students join a community ideally characterized by free expression, free inquiry, intellectual honesty, respect for the dignity of others, and openness to constructive change, and they thereby agree to abide by the GSAS Codes of Conduct. For example, academic dishonesty, sexual and racial harassment, the use of physical violence, or lying to an officer of the University are violations of the principles on which the University is founded and may result in disciplinary action.

If an admitted candidate for admission has made misleading, incomplete, or inaccurate statements, submitted false material in connection with the application, or has been found to have engaged in academic or personal conduct that is inconsistent with the preceding paragraph, Harvard University will take appropriate action, which could include rescinding an offer of admission or revoking a degree. Newly admitted candidates are expected to inform the Office of Admissions of any past or present conduct that is inconsistent with these standards.

  • If a misrepresentation is discovered after a student has registered, the case will be reviewed by the dean of student affairs and, if appropriate, by the GSAS Administrative Board, who will determine the action to be taken.
  • If the discovery occurs after a degree has been awarded, the case will be reviewed by the dean for student affairs and, if appropriate, by the GSAS Administrative Board, who will determine the action to be taken, and the degree may be rescinded.