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List of failing students mistakenly sent to all students

An e-mail listing 18 students at risk of flunking out of Wesley College in Delaware was mistakenly e-mailed to every student at the college, according to a report in the News Journal newspaper.

It was meant as an internal exchange among academic advisers. The missive said of one student, "The hole she has dug is deeper than the mine shaft in Chile."

The dean of students accidentally forwarded it to the address StudentsMainCampus, or all 2,400 students at Wesley, according to the News Journal account.

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By Daniel de Vise  | October 28, 2010; 5:11 PM ET
Categories:  Administration, Students  | Tags:  E-mail on flunking students sent to every student, F students list college e-mail, Wesley College, college e-mail failing students, failing students list e-mail  
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The only people in this situation who will suffer consequences are the students sadly enough.

Posted by: Nymous | October 29, 2010 2:24 AM | Report abuse

Doh!

Posted by: overed | October 29, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Ha! That's funny. Big oopsy! Seriosuly though, big deal. If they didn't already know they were flunking, then they were decieving themselves. As for everyone else knowing, well that's wrong but the harm done, if any, is only embarassment and it's usually fairly easy to pick out the flunkers in a class.

Posted by: hebe1 | October 29, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Lawsuits 101: The kids might have flunked, but it's the administration that's been proven to be intellectually challenged and will pay the price.

Posted by: GarrisonLiberty | October 29, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

I think that the students who were on the list send to all the other students should hire lawyers. Negligence of this sort is actionable in a tort action.

Posted by: jimeglrd8 | October 29, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

wish someone with deep pockets and/or insurance, would do a massive email about my private info......la la la, off to the bank I go!

Posted by: SofaKingCool2009 | October 29, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

hebe1 wrote:
"Ha! That's funny. Big oopsy! Seriosuly though, big deal. If they didn't already know they were flunking, then they were decieving themselves. As for everyone else knowing, well that's wrong but the harm done, if any, is only embarassment and it's usually fairly easy to pick out the flunkers in a class."

Well you may feel that it's no real harm done, but by federal law students' records, including academic performance, are private. Even if something illegal doesn't have very bad consequences as you suggest, that doesn't make it any more legal. Personally I suspect that the students are mortified that their friends, classmates, etc., all know exactly how poorly they're doing- which I think is not always as visible to everyone else as you suggest- so it's not of no consequence.

Of course mistakes and accidents happen, despite laws, and it doesn't sound like there was any intention to release the information intentionally. It's still a real shame though.

Posted by: yrral | October 29, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

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