Baylor Law just committed a bone-headed breach of confidentiality amidst its newly admitted students: it accidentally emailed them with an attachment that listed the entire class roster, with such personal information as names, sex, undergraduate college and GPA, and amount of tuition to be paid by scholarships.
After realizing their mistake, about seven hours later, Baylor Law administered an apology:
An e-mail sent earlier today to you inadvertently contained an attachment with personal information about you and other accepted applicants. We apologize for this error. The earlier email was sent in response to numerous phone calls and emails we received from applicants expressing concern that they were unable to make online seat deposits over the weekend because of technical difficulties with the university’s online payment system. The attachment did not contain social security numbers or birth dates and we do not have reason to believe that the information has been put to any unauthorized use at this time.
Our high standards of professionalism require us to treat all student data with the greatest degree of confidentiality and we regret this unfortunate mistake. Due to the sensitive nature of the information that was contained in the attachment, we ask you to treat the document as confidential, just as you would as a lawyer, and delete the information.
Again, we send our deepest apologies for this error. We sincerely regret any concerns caused by our action. We have taken steps to ensure that such a mistake is not made in the future.
Should you have additional questions regarding this matter, you may contact me by calling [Redacted], or Nicole Masciopinto, Director of Admissions, by calling [Redacted].
Associate Dean and Professor of Law
If any third party should be curious what sort of credentials the upcoming class would have, here is a brief excerpt, formatted to conceal the identity of the victims: