Harvard-bound students uninvited after joining Facebook group

At least 10 students who were going to Harvard in the fall have been told to forget it after the university came across their Facebook messages.

Some were so offensive, we can't even show them.

According to The Crimson, Harvard's student newspaper, a handful of incoming freshman started an invitation-only Facebook group chat last December.

The group reportedly named the group "Harvard memes for horny bourgeouis teens" and traded memes mocking sexual assault, the holocaust, and the deaths of children.

It's not clear how the school found out about the chat group but withdrew the students' acceptance offers in April.

Harvard says it doesn't address admissions statuses by policy but accepted applicants are warned that any acceptance can be withdrawn "if an admitted student engages or has engaged in behavior that brings into question their honesty, maturity or moral character."

"Anything you post should pass what I call the grandma test. If you don't want grandma to see it, don't post it. It was a big mistake and also for kids as smart as these kids getting into Harvard, it was a pretty stupid thing to do," said Dr. Kat Cohen, Ivywise.

According to one survey, 35 percent of college admissions offices examine social media as part of the admissions process, and nearly half, 42 percent, say it has a negative impact on their decisions.


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