Harvard Business School (HBS) announced on March 7 that it would categorically reject all 119 applicants who used a hacker’s tip to try to check their admissions status earlier this month, sparking debate over the appropriate response to the students’ actions.
The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College said in a statement yesterday that it had considered on a case-by-case basis the applications of the 17 prospective students who had tried to learn their status early and had admitted a number of them.
“We believe that integrity and accepting responsibility for one’s actions are the cornerstones of leadership,” said Paul Danos, Tuck’s dean. “We also believe that each person must be respected and valued as an individual.”
The Stanford Graduate School of Business announced earlier this week that it would take the incident into account in its admissions decisions, but it did not say whether it had accepted any of the individuals involved. Stanford asked the 41 affected applicants to write a letter explaining their actions.
Along with HBS, the business schools at Carnegie Mellon, Duke, and MIT will reject such applicants.
On March 2, a hacker posted instructions on Business Week Online’s technology forum detailing how applicants could try to view their admissions status early by logging in and altering the URL.
ApplyYourself, the online admissions program that the six schools used, took down the admissions letters after about nine hours. More than 200 applicants saw or attempted to see their admissions status.
In his March 7 statement announcing that HBS would reject the applicants who used this method, Dean of HBS Kim B. Clark called their actions “unethical at best—-a serious breach of trust that cannot be countered by rationalization.”