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Symbolic strike at Harvard head

Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 16 (Reuters): Harvard University president Lawrence Summers has lost a symbolic vote of confidence by an undergraduate faculty who censured him over his comments on women and his general leadership of the Ivy League school.

By a vote of 218-185 with 18 abstentions, the undergraduate faculty approved a nonbinding resolution stating:'The faculty lacks confidence in the leadership of Summers.'

The vote dealt a setback to Summers, the former US treasury secretary, who sparked a controversy in January saying the innate differences between men and women may help explain why so few women work in the academic sciences. He has apologised repeatedly for the remarks.

The confidence vote was symbolic because undergraduate faculty represent one of only 10 schools at Harvard and have no say over hiring or firing of the president. That responsibility falls to a seven-member board that has so far stood by Summers.

Nonetheless, Summers's opponents cited Tuesday's vote as an illustration of how deep discontent with his leadership runs and they urged him to resign as head of the oldest US university.

'This was a resounding statement that the faculty lacks confidence in Summers and he should resign,' Professor J. Lorand Matory, the measure's author, told reporters .

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