Navarro College, a community college in The Great State of Texas, sent rejection letters to multiple applicants from African countries because "Navarro College is not accepting international students from countries with confirmed Ebola cases."
One such rejection letter sent to a Nigerian applicant was, of course, immediately posted to Twitter, and now the school has spent the past day backtracking in a comically inept manner. Inside Higher Ed reports that the school added this statement of dubious believability to their website yesterday after they began to be deluged with media calls:
Our college values its diverse population of international students. This fall we have almost 100 students from Africa. Unfortunately, some students received incorrect information regarding their applications to the institution. As part of our new honor's program, the college restructured the international department to include focused recruitment from certain countries each year. Our focus for 2014-15 is on China and Indonesia. Other countries will be identified and recruitment efforts put in place once we launch our new honors program fall 2015. We apologize for any misinformation that may have been shared with students.
Misinformation. Hm. Well. That's one way to put it. You stupid idiots.
As many people have gleefully pointed out, one place with "confirmed Ebola cases" is The Great State of Texas.
The only silver lining may be that this encounter with real live ignorant hicks will give international students an accurate picture of what America is really like.