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Harvard students are demanding university officials take responsibility for a 1920s-era secret court that expelled students for being gay or being perceived as such.
The students will protest at the Massachusetts Ivy League institution on Wednesday afternoon -- they're asking for the university to award posthumous degrees to the seven expelled students and to abolish the still-active secret court. The protest will coincide with an event at Harvard to announce the official launch of Lady Gaga's Born this Way Foundation--Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra are on the guest list.
"We're challenging the Harvard community to live us to its mission to 'liberate students to explore, to create, to challenge, and to lead... to advance knowledge, to promote understanding, and to serve society,'" Kaia Stern, a visiting Harvard faculty member and supporter of Their Day in the Yard, a movement on campus to raise awareness about the secret court's actions, said in a release.
Aside from the protest, a petition is circulating on Change.org that urges university officials take formal action against the expulsion.