A group of students, faculty and staff support seven students who were expelled from the school because they were gay or perceived to be gay in 1920. Seven former students were victims of what is known as the “Secret Court,” a body authorized by Harvard administrators to investigate students alleged to be gay, and were expelled from campus. Some of these students were just weeks away from receiving degrees. While current Harvard administrators have apologized for the Secret Court’s actions, the student victims have never been honored by the University with posthumous degrees, and the Secret Court has never officially been abolished by Harvard. More than 2,000 people signed a petition on Change.org urging Harvard University to award posthumous degrees to each student.
Article adapted by Proud Parenting from original press release.