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A new survey, highlighted by Campus Reform, finds that the majority of respondents believe that college admissions decisions should take into account to personal and private behaviors.
What's a background on this?
One such case features pro-Second Amendment Parkland student Kyle Kashuv and Harvard University. The Massachusetts-based school offered Kashuv admission, but rescinded the offer when allegations of controversial remarks emerged.
Earlier this month, Harvard University rescinded its admissions offer to Kashuv after private racist remarks from his past emerged. Kashuv admitted to using such language several years prior to his admission offer, but insisted that he does not currently engage in such behavior, nor does he feel the remarks accurately reflect his current opinion on racial matters.
"[Prior to the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School], I was part of a group in which we used abhorrent racial slurs. We did so out of a misplaced sense of humor: we treated the words themselves as though they bore little weight, and used them only for their shock value," Kashuv told Harvard. "Looking back two years later, I cannot recognize that person."
The Ivy League school ultimately decided to rescind their offer.
"As you know, the Committee takes seriously the qualities of maturity and moral character," William R. Fitzsimmons, the school's dean of admissions, told Kashuv. "After careful consideration, the Committee voted to rescind your admission to Harvard College. We are sorry about the circumstances that have led us to withdraw your admission, and we wish you success in your future academic endeavors and beyond."
What are the poll's findings?
According to the outlet, respondents were asked their feelings about sexist, homophobic, and racial statements and how they may or may not impact school admissions.
The survey, which was released on Tuesday, found that 71 percent of college student respondents said that a history of such comments was enough to justify a school rescinding an offer of admission.
College Pulse asked 3,610 college-age students their thoughts on the matter.
According to the poll's findings, 83 percent of black students said that racist comments should be taken into consideration when going through the admissions process. The poll found that 75 percent of Hispanic students, 72 percent of Asian students, and 66 percent of white students agreed.
The survey found that homophobic, transphobic, and sexist comments fall under such an umbrella, and also asked respondents "At what age should prospective students be fully accountable for what they say and do?" The majority of respondents — 31 percent — said that students should be held fully accountable for their words and actions by the age of 16 years.
At least 75 percent of those students polled said that they believe "it is possible to make a racist or sexist joke without being racist or sexist. Eighty-nine percent of respondents said that applicants — such as Kashuv — should be permitted to show educational institutions that they have reformed their behaviors or speech when it comes to fighting a determination of admissions rescission."