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Tape Placed Over Portraits of Black Harvard Law Professors (PHOTOS)

Clint Smith III

Clint Smith III, a PhD candidate at the university, first flagged the doctored photos on Twitter. Harvard faculty and students were notified, and a spokesman for the university’s police department told the Boston Globe that they were conducting “an open and active investigation” into the incident.

In an email to the law school community obtained by the Globe, Dean Martha Minnow said she was “saddened and angered by this act” and announced a Thursday meeting to discuss any concerns.

The incident came one day after Harvard students held a rally in solidarity with black student activists protesting racism on other college campuses, including Yale and the University of Missouri.

According to photos posted by other Harvard Law students, the tape has since been removed from the professors' faces. In its place, students left Post-It notes offering praise and support for the school's black faculty.