April 6, 2012
TMI: Baylor Law begs forgiveness for disclosing academic data about every admitted 0L student to ... wait for it ... every admitted Class of 2012 student
It started with a computer glitch that called for an email to admitted Baylor Law students that the school was extending its deadline for paying deposits from April 1 to April 6. Compounding that error, the emails included a spreadsheet attachment that identifed by each student's name his or her GPA, LSAT score, address, phone number, ethnicity, scholarships and admissions index.
The Baylor Lariat reports:
According to [Baylor vice president of media communications Frank] Raczkiewicz, the students who received the information were being asked to act professionally, and treat the information as if it had been given to them by one of their future legal clients.
“We’ve also asked them to please keep that information confidential and to please delete it from their files,” Raczkiewicz said.
Above all, the university begged the students forgiveness for the inadvertent attachment.
Delete the spreadsheet?! You have to be joking. It's what law firms call "competitive intelligence."
For more, including the data, see Elie Mystal's ATL post, Baylor Law Screw-Up Reveals Personal Data of Entire Admitted Class: Data That We’ve Got ("There are data breaches, and then there are data dummies. The people at Baylor Law seem to be in the latter category.") Hey, it is good to know that 0Ls already are ATL tipsters.
See also NLJ's Karen Sloan NLJ story, Baylor overshares about incoming law class ("The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act prohibits institutions that receive funding from the U.S. Department of Education from disclosing academic records without the student’s consent.") Hey, I do believe it was an inadvertent disclosure but that won't stop the entering Class of 2012 from having a very interesting first year law school experience.
Beg forgiveness from law school students, really? That's got to be a first in the legal academy. [JH]
Is it really that hard to sound professional when you're speaking to the world - in your capacity as a library director? I know better than to take you seriously, but someone else actually believe what you say.
Posted by: Mikhail Koulikov | Apr 6, 2012 3:32:51 PM