The Private chat group had everything from racist jokes, to disturbing jokes about child abuse and paedophilia.
Harvard University is dropping ten students for sharing very disturbing memes on a private Facebook chat.
The memes in question were shared in a private Facebook chat, and included paedophilic, child abuse, sexual assault, and even ant-semitic jokes. There's more; from bestiality, to racist stuff, and even jokes about death. It just seemed like a private chat of the worst of the worst conversations.
This news was made known by the Harvard student newspaper, The Harvard Crimson. The incoming students belonged to a private group chat called “Harvard memes for horny bourgeois teens.”
According to The Crimson, the school management emailed students involved:
“The Admissions Committee was disappointed to learn that several students in a private group chat for the Class of 2021 were sending messages that contained offensive messages and graphics."
"As we understand you were among the members contributing such material to this chat, we are asking that you submit a statement by tomorrow at noon to explain your contributions and actions for discussion with the Admissions Committee.”
Two Harvard Professors have contrary opinions to the University management's decision though.
Speaking to the Guardian UK, Alan Dershowitz, an emeritus professor at Harvard Law School, said it was a “draconian punishment” for “very bad taste jokes that students were sending to each other”.
He added: “It sounds like Harvard is intruding too deeply into the private lives of students. It may affect them for life."
Another professor, Harvey C Mansfield, also told the Guardian he questioned the decision.
“The bounds of what is offensive have been extended and distorted, and I no longer trust the bent judgment of politically correct enforcers.”
Rachael Dane, a spokeswoman for Harvaed University, declined to comment on the report.
“We do not comment publicly on the admissions status of individual applicants,” she said.
The official Facebook page for students admitted to join the Harvard Class of 2021 warns students that “Harvard College reserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission under various conditions including if an admitted student engages in behavior that brings into question his or her honesty, maturity, or moral character”.