Overhype

by Mike Masnick




Harvard Rejects Applicants Who Peeked

from the overreaction? dept

Last week, a story made the rounds about someone who revealed a security hole in an online system that many business schools used to mange their application process. With the knowledge of that security hole, applicants could check on the status of their application before they were officially notified one way or the other. This isn't a huge deal, as they were just looking to see whether or not they got in -- something that many anxious business school applicants would do. They weren't changing anything -- just finding out what they would be doing for the next two years. However, the publicity over the situation has made Harvard Business school decide to reject any applicant who looked -- even if the applicants didn't realize they were using a security hole (some people found out about it via emails from friends, where it sounded perfectly legitimate). This seems a bit harsh, and more designed to respond to the publicity over the matter than to determine whether or not there was a real ethical violation.

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    Anonymous Coward, 8 Mar 2005 @ 10:09am

    No Subject Given

    Mike, that should be "peeked"

    However, if applicants "peaked" in high school, perhaps Harvard shouldn't let them in....

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    dodot, 8 Mar 2005 @ 10:28am

    harvard shmarvard

    this is the school with a dean that publicly states girls are genetically inferior to boys.

    so they also make cruel decisions to bump their pr at the expense of students.

    they suck, but so do you if you pay them 40-100k per year to fill your head with crap.

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      Anonymous Coward, 8 Mar 2005 @ 1:19pm

      Re: harvard shmarvard

      This is also the school that bans from campus the same military that is protecting their collective asses. I can't say I'm surprised they would stoop to something like this.

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      jayrtfm, 8 Mar 2005 @ 4:29pm

      Re: harvard shmarvard

      dodot,

      Larry Summers did NOT say "girls are genetically inferior to boys."
      He was raising questions to examing the reasons why women are underrepresented in the sciences.
      IMHO he's been getting a raw deal by people unable to be good scientists.

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        dotdot, 8 Mar 2005 @ 7:23pm

        Re: harvard shmarvard

        yes, he basically did. He speculated that there were innate differences in male and female math and science aptitude that may account for the different population representations in the higher levels of scientific study.

        In other words, women and minorities represent such a small percentage of phd work, so maybe they are innately incapable of that level of work.

        And you of course imply the same thing in your response - he's getting a raw deal by people "unable to be good scientists".

        You cant even understand the position of the person you are defending, but you can claim his critics are unable to be good scientists?

        pshaw!

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    kai, 8 Mar 2005 @ 10:55am

    ahhh

    The smart applicant checked everyone elses' status with a little script or something.

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    nonuser, 8 Mar 2005 @ 12:02pm

    possibly unjust in some cases

    but still, a cheap lesson that may pay off later in their careers. Maybe if something like that had happened to a young Martha Stewart...

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