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University of Iowa Apologizing for Emailing out Student GPA's

Iowa City - The University of Iowa is apologizing after it mistakenly emailed names, credit hours, and grade point averages to some 2-thousand students on Wednesday. Leaders say the information was inadvertently released by an employee via email and delivered to students that are in some way connected to the UI Center for Diversity and Enrichment.

Grade point averages are protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). That's why recipients of the email are being asked to dismiss of it. "This is information that should not have been provided, so if they did receive the email, they should delete it. If they made a hard copy and printed that out, they should shred that," said Tom Moore, the University of Iowa Spokesperson.

UI leaders immediately started notifying the students impacted. "The primary concern here is the well-being of the students and we want to make sure that they are aware of it, and that they understand we regret it, and that we want to take steps to try and prevent it from happening again," Moore said. Students also received information about how to receive counseling services if they feel it would be helpful.

Moore said the situation is under review to determine exactly why this happened.

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