Ten prospective Harvard University students are scrambling to find another college after the University rescinded its acceptance letters because of things that were allegedly posted online.
Harvard hopefuls lose spots over social media
The Harvard Crimson reports it received screenshots of the inappropriate pictures and jokes that were sent within a private Facebook chat group.
Some mocked sexual assault, the Holocaust and the deaths of children, while others had punch lines that were directed at specific ethnic or racial groups.
In mid-April, employees in the Admissions Office emailed students who posted the offensive memes.
A student who had their acceptance withdrawn shared the email with The Crimson.
It reads, in part:
The Admissions Committee was disappointed to learn that several students in a private group chat for the Class of 2021 were sending messages that contained offensive messages and graphics. As we understand you were among the members contributing such material to this chat, we are asking that you submit a statement to explain your contributions and actions for discussion with the Admissions Committee. It is unfortunate that I have to reach out about this situation.
More resources to protect yourself online:
- 10 things you should never post on social media
- How social media life can affect your work life
- Social media snafus can kill your college application
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- How social media can influence your loan