02/28/2013 11:43 am ET

Penn Admissions Official Caught Mocking Applicants On Facebook


This article first appeared in The Daily Pennsylvanian, the University of Pennsylvania's student newspaper.

A former Penn admissions officer who had shared excerpts from applicants’ essays on her personal Facebook page is no longer employed by the University.

Near the end of 2012, Penn’s Office of Admissions was made aware of a series of online posts written by Nadirah Farah Foley — a 2011 Princeton University graduate who had been responsible for coordinating Penn admissions in Connecticut.

In the posts, which were made available through a collection of Facebook screenshots sent anonymously to Dean of Admissions Eric Furda and The Daily Pennsylvanian on Dec. 3, Foley mocked a number of student essays she had come across in her work.

In one essay, a student had written about his “long and deep” connections to the University, citing the fact that he had been circumcised at Penn Hillel years ago.

“I look forward to engaging in the academic, social and Orthodox Jewish communities on campus,” the student wrote, according to Foley’s post.

“Stop the madness,” Foley said in response to the essay on Facebook.

In another excerpt, she quoted an essay in which an applicant had described the experience of overcoming his fear of using the bathroom outdoors while camping in the wilderness.

“Another gem,” Foley wrote of the student’s topic choice.

Apart from confirming that she is no longer employed at Penn, Foley declined to comment for this article. Furda and the University also declined to comment, citing Penn’s policy of not discussing personnel issues.

For more on this story, read the Daily Pennsylvanian's take on the questions this case raises about social media in admissions.

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