Northwestern U's jest about angry parents goes public

May 30, 2013

A fake classification system in an internal admissions database that puts complaining parents in categories such as "%$^& You" and “Shove It" has been leaked to the public. A Northwestern University associate provost for enrolment created the filing system in jest. However, someone who saw the database didn't find it humorous and sent screenshots out to a number of people, one of them the parent of a rejected applicant, who sent copies to Inside Higher Ed, and posted a copy on a website popular with applicants. A spokesperson for the Evanston, Illinois-based university said via e-mail: "It was an ill-advised attempt at humor by a member of our staff. Northwestern strives to treat all our admission applicants respectfully and appropriately. This was an error in judgment and we apologize for it." Inside Higher Ed