University Accidentally Gives Entire Student Body the Boot

An email told thousands of students they had been kicked out for poor grades

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    An email was sent Friday to the entire student body of Eastern Michigan University informing them they had been dismissed for poor academic performance.

    Thousands of college students got a rude awakening when they were unceremoniously, and erroneously, kicked out of a Michigan university.

    The culprit: An email glitch.

    Eastern Michigan University meant to give just 100-odd students the boot for poor grades — but the entire student body got the bad news in their inboxes Friday.

    "As a result of your Winter 2012 academic performance, you have been dismissed from Eastern Michigan University," the mass email from the academic advising office began.

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    Once the school realized its error, it scrambled to reassure all the panicked students — and, in some cases, graduates — who had received the email.

    "This was a terrible mistake and we know it caused undue concern for many," a spokesman for the school wrote Saturday in an email to students.

    He confirmed that an "operational error," not a security breach or hacking, was responsible for the email and that the whole student body received it.