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UCLA Law Releases Confidential Student Information

June 10, 2022

The University of California, Los Angeles, law school accidentally released to first-year students information about rising third-year students, including their grade point averages and success in landing jobs, Law.com reported.

The data included students’ names. UCLA intended to share the information without names.

UCLA released this statement: “Our career services staff recently shared information with our rising 2L students to help them prepare for interviews. Unfortunately, this information included a spreadsheet that contained hidden tabs that should have been removed. Those tabs contained some rising 3L students’ 1L GPAs, along with firms from whom they had callbacks or offers. This accidental disclosure was a meaningful breach of confidentiality, and we feel terrible about it. Once the error was discovered, the confidential information was removed immediately. We are working closely with the university’s Office of Records and Registration to follow all university rules and federal laws, and to address what happened in order to ensure that no such thing happens again.”

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Scott Jaschik

Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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