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Statement on Computer Error at MU Graduate School

Oct. 17, 2007

Story Contact:  Christian Basi, 573-882-4430,

COLUMBIA, Mo. ­— On Sept. 27, the University of Missouri-Columbia Graduate School sent an email to a group of graduate student applicants informing them of their UserID, or Pawprint, for the University’s student computer system. Unfortunately, due to a computer system error, the letter was sent to the wrong group of applicants.

The emails that were mistakenly sent were not acceptance letters. Formal acceptance letters come from the individual department or program where the student is seeking to study. All the students who received the original email by mistake have been contacted.

"We are very sorry for any inconvenience that this might have caused our applicants," said Pam Benoit, dean of the Graduate School. "We have implemented procedures so that this will not happen in the future."