(CNN) – Months after a secret e-mail search controversy at Harvard College, Evelynn M. Hammonds announced on Tuesday that she will step down as dean on July 1, according to a statement posted online.

Hammonds came under fire in March for conducting a search of the e-mail accounts of resident deans in an effort to find who leaked information regarding a cheating scandal involving more than 100 students.

The Harvard Crimson, the daily newspaper of Harvard College, published an article in April titled, “To Rebuild Trust, Hammonds Must Resign.” The article concluded by stating “With Hammonds’s resignation, Harvard can begin to bridge the rift of trust between the administration and the community it serves.”

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