Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Incoming University of California, Irvine students who had their admission approvals rescinded will be reconsidered for admission, the school announced.
The school was criticized for mailing 499 letters of acceptance to students, then revoking them after the admissions office said it took more strict measures because of an unexpected increase in admission requests. Many students said the college unfairly withdrew the acceptances just two months for minor reasons involving missing paperwork, or in some cases, no given reason, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday. It added that about 850 more freshmen than expected had accepted the school's offer to attend the fall semester.
Some students said they were treated rudely and unfairly when submitting their appeals to attend.
"The students and their families have my personal, sincerest apology. We should not have treated you this way over a missed deadline. "The stories of our students whose college dreams were crushed by our decision to withdraw admissions to hundreds of students are heartbreaking. And unacceptable. We are a university recognized for advancing the American Dream, not impeding it. This situation is rocking us to our core because it is fundamentally misaligned with our values," Chancellor Howard Gillman said in an apology.
Thomas Parham, vice president of student affairs, said campus officials are reviewing applications, and that appeals from students whose offer was rescinded because of missing transcripts or poor senior-year high school performance are being reconsidered on a case-by-case basis.