MELBOURNE (TIP): Oxford University has apologized after an administrator accidentally emailed a list of all the poorly performing students’ marks to their peers on Wednesday. The email disclosed the names of students who were awarded marks graded 2.2 and below in their first-term exams at University College. The Oxford Student newspaper reported that a mistake on an Excel document meant that the names and marks of almost 50 students were sent out on an email originally written to inform students of timetables for upcoming exams. Abigail Reeves, president of the University College’s JCR, said that the staff member responsible was “mortified” by the mistake.
Dr Anne Knowland, a senior tutor at the university said, “We would like to apologize to all the students affected by this disclosure for any distress this has caused and reassure them that we are investigating how this happened and are determined to make sure this does not happen again.” The email is believed to have been sent to hundreds of students. The college has 372 undergraduate and 221 graduate students.