Claudine Gay Resigns As Harvard University President

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    Harvard University's president has resigned after facing allegations of and criticism over her comments about antisemitism on campus.

    Claudine Gay has faced mounting pressure to step down in recent weeks.

    In a letter announcing her resignation, she said it was in the “best interests” of the university to step down.

    “It has been distressing to have doubt cast on my commitments to confronting hate and to upholding scholarly rigour,” she said.

    “This is not a decision I came to easily. Indeed, it has been difficult beyond words,” Dr Gay wrote, adding that her resignation would allow Harvard to “focus on the institution rather than any individual”.

    Dr Gay served in the role for six months and was the first black person, and only the second woman, to be appointed to lead the Ivy League university.

    During a tense congressional hearing last month, Dr Gay said calls for the killing of Jews were abhorrent. She added, however, that it would depend on the context whether such comments would constitute a violation of Harvard's code of conduct regarding bullying and harassment.

    That comment prompted a widespread backlash and she later apologised in an interview with the university's student newspaper. “When words amplify distress and pain, I don't know how you could feel anything but regret.” Dr Claudine Gay said.

    Since then US media outlets have unearthed several instances of alleged in her academic record.

    Harvard's board investigated the allegations last month, and found two published papers that required additional citation.

    The board, however, said that she did not violate “standards for research misconduct”.

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    By Agencies

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