Strips of black tape were found across the faces of black faculty members in photos outside of Wasserstein lecture hall in November 2015. Investigators moved in on the case, which was highly publicized on Twitter, as a probable hate crime.
The Boston Globe reports that officials have found no leads in the case and will be closing it unless new information is discovered. Surveillance cameras are to be installed in the building to prevent future vandalism.
A.J. Clayborne, a Harvard law student and member of the group “Royall Must Fall,” which has been fighting for the removal of the school’s official seal because it includes elements drawn from a slave-holding family’s crest, said the administration’s failure to address systemic racism leads to incidents like the tape incident.
“It is unfortunate that the investigation was unsuccessful, but this incident was merely a symptom of a larger racial malady at Harvard Law School. Until the law school addresses its problems systematically incidents such as these will undoubtedly continue to occur,” Clayborne said in an e-mail.