Harvard rescinds offers to incoming freshmen over hateful memes

Olive Rios
June 6, 2017

At least 10 seniors bound for Harvard University had their acceptances rescinded after they chose to share inappropriate and offensive memes in a private Facebook group chat.

The Harvard Crimson (http://bit.ly/2s9vmKV) reported that some students in the incoming freshman class created a private Facebook group in December where they traded images and messages that were often sexually explicit and sometimes mocked racial minorities. One alleged meme called the imaginary hanging of a Mexican child "piñata time" was also posted.

At least 10 students lost their chance to attend Harvard College after posting "obscene memes" to a private Facebook chat, the main Harvard student newspaper reported.

University officials found out about the X-rated forum around mid-April, and the Employees in the Admissions Office asked the students involved to explain themselves and disclose everything they posted. It was a spinoff of a larger chat group for incoming students.

Students who wanted access to the "dark" meme group reportedly had to post "provocative" memes to the first messaging group.

Lucas said she wasn't part of the splinter group.

"I do not know how those offensive images could be defended", she continued.

Harvard admissions officers emailed students in this second chat in mid-April, requesting that the students turn over all pictures they sent through the chat, said one student who had their offer revoked and would only speak anonymously to The Harvard Crimson.

Zhang, meanwhile, said the students' behavior was indefensible.

It can only be assumed that anyone accepted into Harvard, one of America's most elite universities, had an impressive list of academic and personal accomplishments to get them there.

Twitter users who commented about the news were typically supportive of Harvard's decision.

It appears Harvard is now implementing a harsher crackdown on memes than in the past. Prospective students previous year posted "racially charged jokes" and other offensive messages in a GroupMe chat.

Ten prospective Harvard University students are scrambling to find another college after the University rescinded its acceptance letters because of things that were allegedly posted online. Then-Interim Dean of Student Life Thomas A. Dingman '67 said in an interview at the time that the individuals in question were "not matriculated students at this point".

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