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Harvard student sues over $170K financial stress test, causing removal.

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  • Harvard student conducts secret financial stress test on Harvard International Relations Council, redirecting $170,000
  • Student sues IRC after being temporarily removed from the group

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Harvard undergraduate Theo J. Harper sued the Harvard International Relations Council after he was temporarily removed in December for redirecting $170,000 to an unofficial bank account as part of a secret financial stress test. Harper’s actions, aimed at exposing financial security flaws, led to his suspension from the organization. The exercise revealed tensions among the IRC’s board over financial management and transparency issues. The IRC partially disputed Harper’s account, stating his actions were unauthorized. Harper alleged emotional damages from his removal and demanded compensation. The IRC confirmed his temporary removal and said a third-party investigation concluded, with plans to vote on his reinstatement by early March.


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