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Harvard U. SNAFU – ‘An Inadvertent and Regrettable Mistake’

It’s the thing we all fear we might accidently do – the dreaded “reply all.”

A Harvard University administrator accidently “outed” a student as a financial aid recipient earlier this week via email to the student body.

The Harvard Crimson reports:

Writing from a Pre-Term Planning email account, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Education Katherine Stanton carbon-copied her reply to the student’s email to a Pre-Term Planning Mailman list, which went directly to other College students’ accounts. In the accidentally shared email, the student identified as “a financial aid student.” …

In an emailed statement Tuesday, College spokesperson Colin Manning described the incident as “an inadvertent and regrettable mistake.”

In all fairness, it’s happened to the best of us. It’s one of the pesky perils of technology. That, and the NSA reading your inbox.

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