Harvard Dismisses Fencing Coach for Conflict of Interest

Peter Brand dismissed

Harvard has dismissed fencing coach Peter Brand, whose conduct has been found to violate conflict-of-interest policies; the news was originally reported by The Boston Globe.

In a statement released this afternoon, director of athletics Robert L. Scalise said:

In April, Harvard was made aware of allegations involving Peter Brand, head coach of fencing.  An independent investigation of the matter is now complete, and Mr. Brand has been dismissed from his position for violating Harvard’s conflict of interest policy.   

Harvard Athletics is committed to upholding the integrity of our athletics program, and it is our expectation that every coach and staff member adhere unambiguously to our policies.

In a separate e-mail to the athletics staff, he wrote:

As you know, in April, Harvard was made aware of allegations involving Peter Brand, head coach of fencing.  Harvard immediately commenced an independent investigation of the matter, which is now complete.  Mr. Brand has been dismissed from his position for violating Harvard’s conflict of interest policy.

Harvard’s conflicts policy specifically addresses “personal benefit” and states that “[a] conflict of interest exists when individual commitment to the University may be compromised by personal benefit.”  The policy also states that “[f]ailure to disclose possible conflict of interest or commitment . . . may be grounds for disciplinary action and may lead to termination.”  Harvard Athletics is committed to upholding the integrity of our athletics program, and it is our expectation that every coach and staff member adhere unambiguously to our policies.

Coaches and staff should contact program managers, Athletics senior staff, the Compliance Department, or the Office of the General Counsel with any questions regarding potential conflicts or Harvard’s policies.

In the coming days, we will be launching a national search for a new fencing head coach and are committed to having the new coach in place early in the fall.  Should you have any questions, please be in touch with me directly.

 The Boston Globe broke the news of the dismissal this afternoon.

Read more articles by: John S. Rosenberg

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