SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – On Friday, Oct. 25, Alicin Welsh, Assistant Director of the Whitman Career Center in the Whitman School of Management accidentally released a list including students’ GPAs. Welsh accidentally attached a master excel sheet with information about students in the Whitman Class of 2021 to an email about marketing and retail internships; she sent the document to around 90 students.
Arielle Koeppel, a junior and marketing major received the email with the excel sheet attached. Koeppel was extremely upset when she realized what information was included in this email. Not only did the excel sheet include students’ GPAs, but it also listed SU ID numbers and other personal information.
“I don’t need anyone knowing what my GPA is. That’s personal to me. I don’t need to see anyone else’s GPA and I felt that this was not okay,” Koeppel said.
Junior Jess Adler did not receive the email with the excel sheet, but her name was still on the list. However, she feels unaffected by the situation. “I don’t really care. It doesn’t really impact me that much. I think if I had a worse GPA then I would care,” Adler said.
Students who received the email with the excel sheet were sent a follow up email asking them to delete the list. The email came from Kevin Bailey, Whitman’s Assistant Dean of Marketing and Communications and said “out of respect for the privacy of your fellow students, please delete the email and do not share it with any person.”
Koeppel does not believe students will actually delete the email. Adler adds that students will probably share the document with their peers.
All members of the Whitman Class of 2021 received an apology email.