Category Archives: Academic apologies

Think you have what it takes to be an Anteater? Ha ha! Wrong answer!

A university sent letters of admissions to more kids than it actually wanted to admit, calculating that a lot of them wouldn’t come. This happens all the time. If a school gets too many students, it may scramble to shoehorn … Continue reading

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Sorry we assigned a racist to review your book

Inside Higher Education has an excellent account of a horrible decision made by an academic journal…and the journal’s attempt to make things right. Read the whole tale there. The (sorta?) short version:

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Nothing says lovin’ like something from the oven

Aw, a bright pink construction paper valentine! With a red lollipop taped inside! And a picture of Adolf Hitler on the outside with the legend: “my love 4 u burns like 6,000 jews”! In Comic Sans! (Also, 6,000 Jews? This person’s … Continue reading

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“We Messed Up” is a good start to an apology

Last week, Tulane Technology Services sent an email to 130 high school students who’d applied to Tulane Early Decision, congratulating them on their admission. Unfortunately, the email was sent in error.

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More on the science of apology

Time to look at a new “how to apologize” study! The paper, called “An Exploration of the Structure of Effective Apologies,” will be published in the May 2016 issue of Negotiation and Conflict Management Research. (You can read the abstract online.) The … Continue reading

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Mizzou professopology

Melissa Click, the University of Missouri professor of mass media who was seen on video trying to boot a student journalist from a protest, yelling “I need some muscle over here!” then grabbing at and trying to cover another student journalist’s camera, has apologized. It’s not a … Continue reading

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If a sack of mud has the GPA, shouldn’t it be allowed to walk?

In Pennsylvania, the Upper Adams School District distributed a four-page letter to graduating high school seniors, on “Proper Attire & Etiquette for Awards Program and Graduation.” It included useful advice (take diploma in left hand, so you can shake with … Continue reading

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I apologize for your provoking of me

At a high school graduation in Stone Mountain, GA, the principal forgot to call the valedictorian to speak. Belatedly, she tried to get the departing audience to come back. When they continued to file out, she sneered, “Look at who is leaving … Continue reading

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Is this Vince Lombardi High?

Morning announcements over intercom. Not a highlight of my school days. At White Oak High School in Longview, Texas, principal Dan Noll likes to read Bible verses. Such as: “Proverbs 15:8: The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but … Continue reading

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They pelted us with research and studies

Our pal Michael Orbach pointed us (via boing boing) toward Professor Ben Ho’s look at the economic value of apologies. Here’s what Ho, an assistant professor of economics at Vassar, says about the existing research.

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