I’m not going to get into a whole huge thing about this, but in the grand order of the universe it does seem to me that snooping on your employees’ email to find out who’s been talking to the press is a more serious ethical violation than cheating on a college exam.
Update | Okay, one more thing. This…
“Several Harvard faculty members speculated that the administration had felt free to search the e-mail accounts because it regarded the resident deans as regular employees, not faculty members; Harvard’s policies on electronic privacy give more protection to faculty members.”
…is pretty messed up. As is this:
“Some of the resident deans said they considered the lack of notice — and even the searches, themselves — a violation of trust, but they refused to speak for the record because they lack job protection.”