Johns Hopkins mistakenly welcomes wrong students

In this July 8, 2014 picture, people walk on Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus in Baltimore. Johns Hopkins is under investigation for its handling of an alleged gang rape of a Towson University student at a fraternity house, Pi Kappa Alpha, in the spring of 2013. Since the allegation became public in May, Hopkins students have come out of the woodwork to share their own sexual assault stories, said Laura Dunn, an advocate with nonprofit organization SurvJustice who helped file the initial complaint. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

BALTIMORE (AP) — Johns Hopkins University says nearly 300 applicants were mistakenly sent welcome messages when they were actually rejected or deferred.

University officials tell The Washington Post it was a mistake of human error. Vice provost David Phillips says a contractor who works with Johns Hopkins on electronic communications pulled a wrong list of emails.

The students had applied for an early decision to the prestigious Baltimore university. Of the 294 applicants who received an erroneous message, 285 had actually been denied admission and nine had received deferrals.

Cathy Stephenson of Culpeper County, Virginia, says she’s irate that her son received a mistaken admission notice after an earlier denial. The email subject line was “Embrace the YES!” and the body welcomed her son. She says university officers should make personal calls to apologize.

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