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Sympathy for lost Harvard acceptance

People are led on a tour group at

People are led on a tour group at the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. Dozens of Harvard University students are being investigated for cheating after school officials discovered evidence they may have wrongly shared answers or plagiarized on a final exam. Harvard officials on Thursday didn't release the class subject, the students' names, or specifically how many are being investigated. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Photo Credit: AP / Elise Amendola

Harvard University rescinded acceptance offers for 10 incoming freshmen because of what they posted in a Facebook group [“College-bound? Take a lesson from Harvard case,” exploreLI, June 14].

The university discovered that these applicants shared inappropriate memes that dealt with topics such as sexual assault, the Holocaust and race. Was this fair?

People tend to have a different persona online than they do in person. This especially applies to teenagers and young adults. They try to fit in with their peer group online. It’s unfair to judge a potential student’s ability to excel in class based on his or her social media accounts.

That said, at times, it’s necessary to look over social media accounts to see whether some students might be a danger to other students attending the university. In Harvard’s case, it did the right thing in rescinding those acceptances because no university wants that type of behavior on its campus.

Unfortunately, withdrawing acceptances at this point makes it hard for the 10 students to apply to other universities and get accepted. Every school would now have this misconception of the students because of what they posted.

Sydney Bostick, Jamaica

Editor’s note: The writer is a senior at Adelphi University.


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