Date
17 December 2017
Harvard University has disclosed that it secretly photographed students in lecture halls last spring as part of a study on classroom attendance. Photo: wikipedia.org
Harvard University has disclosed that it secretly photographed students in lecture halls last spring as part of a study on classroom attendance. Photo: wikipedia.org

Harvard photographed students in secret to study attendance

Harvard University has revealed that it conducted a research project on class attendance that resulted in students and professors being photographed in lecture halls without their knowledge, Bloomberg reported.

Teachers were informed after the fact that a camera was installed in their classrooms and photographs taken in order to gather data on attendance, according to the report.

The protocol for the study, which has drawn some criticism due to privacy issues, was approved by Harvard’s Institutional Review Board.

Peter Bol, a professor and vice provost who conducted the attendance research project earlier this year, captured the images anonymously and later destroyed them, the university said. 

The research project was said to have been conducted in 10 lecture halls, and involved about 2,000 students.

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