Education: Decision at Harvard

U.S. colleges and universities may be pretty well agreed that they want no Communists on their faculties, but one question still divides them: Should a teacher be fired for refusing to answer the questions of congressional investigators on the ground that his answers might incriminate him? Last week, after reviewing three such cases, Harvard answered no. Though it "deplored" invoking the Fifth Amendment as "entirely inconsistent with the candor to be expected of one devoted to the pursuit of truth," it did not consider it an automatic reason for dismissal. The three cases involved:

Physicist Wendell H. Furry, who refused to tell...

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