Ball State U. sends ‘accidental email,’ violates FERPA


The Ball State Daily reports:

An email sent out on Tuesday did more than just inform students about their academic status.

Students who earned a GPA below 2.0 were notified in December about their academic progress, and on Jan. 10, another email was intended to inform students about ways to improve their GPAs.

But university spokesperson Joan Todd confirmed that the university retention office sent emails to students on academic probation containing the names of other students on academic probation.

The email, Todd said, contained a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet of 59 students on academic probation for the spring semester. Next to each student’s name on the list was their GPA, phone number, university email and Ball State ID number. Originally, the email was supposed to contain an attachment reminding students about upcoming academic help sessions.

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