CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (CNN) - Harvard is apologizing for snooping.
On Monday the school said it conducted a secret search of the e-mail accounts of resident deans.
It conducted the search last year in an effort to find who leaked information to the media about a cheating scandal.
Officials at the Cambridge, Massachusetts Ivy League institution stress that the search was limited to administrative accounts and did not involve email content, only the subject line.
The search identified a resident dean who had forwarded a confidential e-mail to two students. However, after review, school officials determined the dean in question did not intend to make the security breach.
Harvard apologized for not being more open about the search.