« on: March 11, 2005, 11:27:49 AM »
As many posters have acknowledged this situation is very unfortunate for BigTex, whom I truly believe has no intent to deceive, and although none of us really have 100% of the information from both sides, from what it appears, the school may have handled this situation poorly.
BigTex, as said before, keep your head up.
I do think that much of the situation was handled poorly, either intentionally or unintentionally.
All of us must remember (myself included) that anything we say anywhere can be used against us at anytime if it becomes important to a specific situation. This includes verbal or written comments either online or offline (granted sometimes these comments are not able to be used in a courtroom, but still may have impact in terms of an investigation or a creation of suspicion, note:as I am not a lawyer yet my specifics may be blurred). When using an online board that reveals personal information, despite how helpful it may be to others, one runs the risk of having that information traced back to that person. This is why there are so many warnings about sharing personal information over the net. Identity theft is part of this problem.
If BigTex claimed to be hispanic in his application, due to his specific situation, it appears he has the responsibility to further explain his reasoning behind this, i.e. make his case. Granted, if the school does not accept addendum, that would limit his ability to do this. My question: did he alter his personal statement for this particular school to address what was addressed in his addendum to the other schools? In this case, the actions of the school seem unnecessary.
From what I have gathered, this school contacted other schools to which BigTex applied. I would be interested, as are many other posters, as to the issue of the right to educational privacy and its application in this instance. It would appear that the school had a responsibility to address to situation to the applicant before contacting the other schools.
Many posters are unhappy that schools are reading these boards and using that information against us in the application process, as am I. This is unfortunate, however, we must remember that this board is an enormous source of information to anyone who choses to use it. There are no limits to who has access. This includes adcomms, attorneys, etc. I certainly feel for BigTex as it seems the situation is very unfortunate and that no intent to deceive was made. At the same time, one can not assume that the ONLY people reading and commenting on these boards are future students.
I would also be very intersted in hearing the school's response to the situation, however, as mentioned by another poster, this would probably be unwise for the school. It is definetly appropriate to give the school the opportunity though, just as the school should have given BigTex the opportunity before contacting the other schools.