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Rejected Harvard Applicants say School's Reaction to Web Excessive

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Thu, 10 Mar 2005 07:29:20 -0500

Rejected Harvard applicants say school's reaction to Web page "hack"

By Jay Lindsay, Associated Press Writer | March 8, 2005

BOSTON --His decision came late at night, with his laptop propped in
front of him in bed. Instructions on a Web site promised business
school applicants an early online look at whether they'd been
accepted. Intrigued, he began typing.

A minute later he'd accessed the Harvard Business School's admission
site, though all he saw was a blank page.

That split-second decision cost the 28-year-old New Yorker a chance to
attend Harvard Business School this year. On Monday, Harvard became
the second school, after Carnegie Mellon, to announce its blanket
rejection of any applicant who used a method detailed in a
BusinessWeek Online forum to try to get an early glimpse at admissions
decisions in top business schools.

On Tuesday, some of the 119 applicants denied Harvard admission
because they visited the site said the school overreacted, and
disputed that accessing a public Web page with their own
identification numbers was either a "hack" or "unethical," as Harvard
Business School Dean Kim Clark said in a statement.

The applicant said he spent months completing Harvard's rigorous
application process.

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