With all of the recent advances in technology, even doing the simplest of things can be quite difficult for law school personnel. How hard is it to send an email to prospective students without cursing in the subject line? Very. How hard is it to send an email without attaching the admissions data for a law school’s entire admitted class? Extremely.
We’ve got yet another email screw-up for you, and we think you’re going to like it. When the good folks at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles aren’t busy telling women not to dress like whores, they’re emailing students with very private personal information about everyone in the graduating class.
Sorry Loyola, but we don’t think “law school transparency” means what you think it means….
Earlier this week, Loyola students received an email from Dean Victor Gold, which stated in relevant part:
A document containing some of your personal information was inadvertently emailed from the Financial Aid Office to 14 Loyola Law School students at approximately 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. The information included name, internal system ID number (not student ID number), Social Security number, graduation year, academic status (not grades) and program (JD, LLM), as well as loan type and amount, for some students graduating in spring 2014.
Dean Gold says this affected only “some” members of the graduating class, but our tipsters claim it affected all of them — 395 of them, to be exact. You can see the full email on the next page.
You know that if you received an email with all of that information, you’d be going through it with a fine-toothed comb, to the effect of, “Ha, that bitch is going to owe at least $136K when she graduates and she doesn’t even have a job!” If you like to keep your financial information under wraps, too bad, some people will now know just how indebted you and your classmates really are. How embarrassing.
The students who received the email with all the data were asked to delete it immediately and confirm it with the administration. We bet the Loyola administration hopes those students aren’t as casual with their classmates’ personal information as the administration was. It seems like Loyola is putting a lot of trust on the line here, but apparently not too much trust — the school is offering free identity theft-protection services to the affected students. Here’s a message from a Loyola spokesperson on the matter:
Loyola deeply regrets this situation. Students are our primary focus. We are working diligently and expeditiously to find ways to minimize any potential harm to our students. As part of our response, we are providing all of the affected students with one year of identity theft-protection services. Students will receive a message today with details. Furthermore, following best practices, we are reviewing our protocol for the handling of private information.
(Keep reading to see the full email from Dean Victor Gold regarding this email fiasco.)