Virginia law school makes huge mistake

Sensitive information like GPAs, class rankings, and addresses were mistakenly emailed to 160 University of Virginia law students

emailresizedThe University of Virginia Law School last week accidentally emailed out the personal information of 155 students, including grade point averages, class rankings, and biographical information — like  the addresses of some of their girlfriends.

Student Social Security numbers were not part of the leak. The spreadsheet of information about clerkship applicants was received by 160 law students.

The University of Virginia Law School released a statement Thursday apologizing for the lapse.

“The dean and other Law School officials have apologized and reached out individually to all of the affected students,” the school stated. “We are deeply distressed that this mistake occurred, and we are in the process of reviewing our data management procedures to build in more safeguards against unintentional disclosures.

The mistake was originally reported by the legal gossip website Above the Law.

Ruth Payne, University of Virginia’s director of judicial clerkships, sent an email to the school’s clerkship listserv with an attachment containing details about hiring information for the District of Maryland, the site reported. The attachment was a spreadsheet entitled “2015 Applicants Workbook,” and “it contained all the information under the sun about UVA’s would-be clerks.”

(Next page: This isn’t the first time this year that student information was released due to university error)

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