Maybe they can sue for breach of Contract.
I wonder about that. I know many people may think that prospect is a joke, but...
My only question is the "intent" factor. There is an offer
, as well as potential damages
, especially if applicants notified other schools that they were declining offers.
But, the "offers" made were unintentionally so, and there is case law that supports the contention that the offer has to be one of perceivable intent. On the flip-side, even a drunkard who writes a contract on a napkin CAN be held liable for breach, so strange things can happen in these cases.
I think the best course could be a class action suit by all college, grad and professional school applicants to force schools to invest in software that prevents these errors. We deserve precision and accuracy in such sensitive times. Everybody, double-check your online statuses with those e-mails, especially if you haven't received anything via US Postal, yet.