A Harvard brochure sent to thousands of prospective students included a doctored photo of the student newspaper’s front page that removed a headline about the university president facing a confidence vote.
The headline in the Harvard Crimson read “Summers To Face No Confidence Vote.” It referred to Harvard President Lawrence Summers, whose comments about women’s aptitude for math and science attracted intense controversy earlier this year.
In the brochure, the March 9 headline was replaced with an illegible block of text.
William Fitzsimmons, Harvard’s dean of admissions and financial aid, said the decision to run the altered photo was a mistake made under deadline pressure by the school’s admissions office and the Boston design firm that helped produce the brochure.
The error “should not have happened and will not happen again,” Fitzsimmons said Monday in a statement. He told the Crimson no Harvard employees have been disciplined as a result of the doctored photo.
Roughly 150,000 copies of the annual brochure already have been printed. Fitzsimmons said the photo would be replaced in future editions.
A woman who answered the phone at the design firm Sametz, Blackstone Associates referred questions to Harvard.
At a conference in January, Summers said innate differences in ability between men and women may partly explain why fewer women are in line for top science jobs.
He apologized repeatedly for his remarks and committed Harvard to spend $50 million on gender-equity programs recommended by two task forces he appointed.