Whenever you’re questioning whether you should click send on that email that might be a little too mean or not really funny, here’s some advice — don’t send it.
Whether intended for an internal list among friends, or blasted for a whole community to read, there are some emails that never should be sent — and it seems like the problem is particularly bad at colleges.
Students, professors, and administrators are all offenders — these are 10 emails that never should have been sent on a college campus.
Earlier this year, Gawker published an email sent by a member of the University of Maryland's Delta Gamma chapter to her sorority. In the 'expletive and CAPS-ridden email tirade,' the DG sister publicly and aggressively chastised the sorority for what she perceived as their awkwardness during parties.
Worst Line: 'And for those of you who are offended at this email, I would apologise but I really don't give a f***. Go f*** yourself.'
In 2006, a mechanical engineering professor at Michigan State University sent an email to the school's Muslim Student's Association in response to a planned on-campus protest. He used some terrible stereotypes to describe Islam -- for example, saying that Muslim culture referred to women as 'whores.'
The professor later apologized for the 'tactless and hyperbolic language' he used in the email.
Worst Line: 'Please return to your ancestral homelands and build them up yourselves instead of troubling Americans.'
While not technically an email error, Vassar College made a major Internet mistake last year when they falsely told 76 applicants that they were admitted to the school. Vassar accidentally left up a placeholder 'test letter' that over 100 students viewed, before informing them that the verdict was due to a system error and may have been incorrect, the New York Times reported.
Vassar apologized to the effected applicants and said they would reimburse the $65 application fees.
A religion professor at Texas Christian University recieved some criticism after he sent an email offering extra help to students he deemed to be 'of colour.' The email was only sent to students with Hispanic last names -- including someone who did not identify as Hispanic.
While the email was sent with good intentions, some students felt like it was segregating a specific group.
Worst Line: 'I don't mind if this would turn out to be a study session for my STUDENTS OF COLOUR ONLY.'
The Johnson Business School at Cornell University was rocked in 2009 when two employees accidentally cc-ed the entire school in a steamy email exchange. Turns out that the two were both married and having an affair, which was private until Guest of a Guest published their correspondence for the world to see.
Cornell later apologized for the email gaffe, and offered counseling to anyone 'upset about the content of the email and the context in which it was sent.'
Worst Line: 'I can practically FEEL your torturous little fingernails flitting across my stomach, and they're making me ACHE with the desire for RELEASE!!! :)'
A Florida International University fraternity caught heat this summer after messages from a private Facebook group -- including posts about selling drugs and hazing new members -- were emailed to various media outlets. According to the Miami Herald, this was just the latest bit of bad behaviour for FIU's Pi Kappa Alpha chapter.
FIU suspended the fraternity and began a police investigation into the Facebook messages.
Worst Line: 'On campus for those of you looking for the Pike pharmacy'
A student at Georgia Tech came under fire for a fraternity email he sent out titled 'Luring your Rapebait,' giving his brothers some creepy tips on how to hook-up at a party. The email -- originally posted on Total Frat Move -- seemed to invite the fraternity members to intoxicate females who came to their house in order to easier have sex with them.
The student later issued a well-recieved apology about the offensive email.
Worst Line:'A short guide consist of the 7 E's of HOOKING UP!'
After the appointment of new president Jim Yong Kim in 2009, a group of Dartmouth students used a popular email listserve to poke fun at the incoming head of the college. However, by calling Kim a 'Chinaman' and mocking a stereotypical Chinese accent -- 'It was a complete supplies' instead of 'surprise' -- the email was distinctly racist.
The group apologized for the 'deeply offensive nature' of the email and the author wrote a separate formal apology to Kim.
Worst Line:'Unless 'Jim Yong Kim' means 'I love Freedom' in Chinese, I don't want anything to do with him. Dartmouth is America, not Panda Garden Rice Village Restaurant.'
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