I absolutely wanted to keep this letter that was sent to those who looked at their applications early on the MIT web site. So I'm posting it here to keep it on record. There aren't many letters that come along like this that symbolize to me a situation full of tragedy, humor, political spinning, naivity, and heartache. Man, I'm glad it wasn't addressed to me.
March 10, 2005 Dear XXXXX:
The Admissions Committee of the MIT Sloan MBA Program has considered your application and concluded that we cannot offer you a place in the incoming class.
The tentative decision to deny your application was made before you were identified by ApplyYourself as an individual who utilized information to gain unauthorized access to a section of the ApplyYourself system that is reserved for MIT officials.
We regard this unauthorized access as a very serious ethical offense and breach of trust. Honesty, sound judgement and integrity are critical characteristics that we seek from our students. Accordingly, due to your actions, we are denying you admission into our program and releasing this decision in advance of our April 4 notification date.