What Happened with Harvard’s Rescinded Admissions

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You may have seen in the news lately that at least ten students had their Harvard admission rescinded.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

Schools can still rescind their offers.

The fact of the matter is, colleges can take their offers back. 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.

Take your college offers seriously.

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

Clean up your social media.

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If you don’t want your Harvard admission rescinded, be smart about how you act online.

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