What Happened with Harvard’s Rescinded Admissions

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You may have seen in the news lately that Harvard University recently rescinded their offer of admission to at least ten incoming students. These students were sharing memes filled with hateful and inappropriate rhetoric via social media.

The fact of the matter is, even after you are accepted into a college, that offer can still be taken away from you. Depending on school policies, they have the right to revoke your admission if the school feels you are not living up to the specific standards and codes of conduct for that institution.

All students should take their college offers seriously, and understand that as soon as they commit to that school, they are held to the same standards as the current students. It may seem like college is something in the distance, filled with fun and littled supervision, but in reality it is a lot of hard work (don’t worry—there’s still some fun, too) and will come sooner than you realize. It simply is not worth it to post hateful rhetoric of any kind, even as a “joke.” 

In fact, it’s a good idea to clean up your social media pages during your college search process—even before you’ve been accepted. Schools WILL look into who they’re accepting, after all, and have been known to refuse admission based on what they’ve found on a prospective student’s Twitter or Facebook

If you don’t want to end up as a Harvard-reject headline, be smart about how you act online.

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Liz Skogerboe

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