A Florida college is apologizing after sending out 430 acceptance letters to students who were not accepted into the school. The University of South Florida St. Petersburg sent the prospective students an email saying they had been admitted for the fall semester, only to rescind the acceptance in an email a short time later.
“There was an error in the system. Please disregard the previous email," the school wrote.
The school's Chancellor, Martin Tadlock, said the mistake was caused by a “human error” and vowed to ensure it does not happen again. According to the Tampa Bay Times, an employee used a spreadsheet they believed contained only information on students who had been accepted to send out the emails. It turned out that the document also contained a list of students who were not accepted.
"As soon as we found out about the situation, we immediately reviewed our process for communicating with prospective students and have changed our procedures to prevent this from happening again," the school said in a statement.
The school is reaching out to the impacted students to "discuss possible pathways for admission" and answer any questions they may have. Because the university uses a rolling admissions system, some of the students could be accepted at a later date.
"We regret it," Tadlock said. "We pride ourselves on our relationship with the community, and this doesn't represent that. It was an error and a mistake."
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