Harvard Rescinds Acceptances For Students Who Shared Offensive Memes

“This was a just-because-we-got-into-Harvard-doesn’t-mean-we-can’t-have-fun kind of thing.”

By Eric Shorey

At least ten students have had their acceptance letters to Harvard University rescinded after it was discovered they had shared deeply deplorable memes in private communications on social media. 

According to The Crimson, a private Facebook group formed by prospective Harvard students after acceptance letters were sent out contained images that belitted Holocaust survivors, Mexicans, and women.

The group, known as “Harvard memes for horny bourgeois teens," (which also spun off into separate private chats) was also reported to have included images which made light of pedophilia and the death of children. Upon becoming aware of the images, Harvard's admissions department contacted the prospective students and took back their offers. There is reportedly no process by which to appeal the decision.

“The Admissions Committee was disappointed to learn that several students in a private group chat for the Class of 2021 were sending messages that contained offensive messages and graphics,” reads a copy of the Admissions Office’s email sent to the offending students. “As we understand you were among the members contributing such material to this chat, we are asking that you submit a statement by tomorrow at noon to explain your contributions and actions for discussion with the Admissions Committee ... It is unfortunate that I have to reach out about this situation."

“We do not comment publicly on the admissions status of individual applicants," said college spokesperson Rachael Dane when asked about the incidents.

“A lot of students were excited about forming group chats with people who shared similar interests,” said Jessica Zhang, an incoming freshman. “Someone posted about starting a chat for people who liked memes.”

“This was a just-because-we-got-into-Harvard-doesn’t-mean-we-can’t-have-fun kind of thing," said Cassandra Luca, a member of the original group.

This is the second year in a row that Harvard has dealt with this situation. Last year, jokes mocking minorities and feminism circulated in private group messages amongst accepted students in starkly similar circumstances.

[Photo: Wikimedia Commons]

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