HARVARD UNIVERSITY

OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

MASSACHUSETTS HALL
CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS 02138
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Supplementary Statement on ROTC

Albert Carnesale, Acting President
February 1, 1995

    I have decided to supplement President Rudenstine's November 23 statement on ROTC as follows:

  1. A trust separate from the university will be created to receive and disburse contributions made by Harvard alumni or other individuals toward payment of fees associated with Harvard students' participation in ROTC programs at MIT. This will clarify that Harvard will not itself be the source of the funds used to pay the ROTC fee to MIT, while preserving the ROTC option for present and prospective Harvard participants.
  2. The annual ROTC ceremony traditionally held during Commencement Week will not be prohibited from occurring on university property. In my view, the university can accommodate the desire of Harvard ROTC students to commemorate in the presence of family and friends their commissioning as officers in the armed forces of the United States without signaling official university endorsement of all aspects of the ROTC eligibility policy set by the federal government. Similarly, I conclude that alumni reunion classes should not be prohibited from listing this ceremony in their Commencement Week programs. 

    I am conveying President Rudenstine's November 23 statement, supplemented as indicated above, to the Harvard Corporation for final ratification.