According to a report by the Crimson, on Wednesday, Harvard Dean of Admissions William Fitzsimmons returned to the stand to answer questions about the university’s practice of accepting students with wealthy parents, some of which have attended Harvard themselves.
“It would mean a great deal to [redacted] and to [redacted] to see [redacted] at Harvard,” a Harvard staffer wrote in one email about a special tour he gave to a candidate after his family donated $1.1 million to the school.
[Redacted] has already committed to a building.” The email is likely referring to a donor committing to contribute funds for a new building on campus.
“[Redacted] was a devoted [redacted] Chair and generous donor,” a school official wrote in an email about whether or not to accept a student whose family have donated in the past.
Fitzsimmons admitted that family donations could legitimately increase a student’s chance of admission.