Wichita State Mistakenly Scolds Elderly Students, Apologizes With Chocolate

Wichita State University administrators have set out to dozens of local homes with letters of apology and chocolate bars after a computer glitch sent a warning letter to 67 older adults who were auditing a class, The Wichita Eagle reports. “Your cumulative GPA is 0,” the letter read. “Effective immediately, you are placed on financial-aid suspension.”

Those students weren’t receiving financial aid or grades for their participation in the class, “Controversies in Kansas History,” which was taught at a local retirement home.

Kimberly Moore, the university’s director of work-force, professional, and community education, drove to their homes with her staff to apologize and hand out 1.5-ounce Cocoa Dolce “Shockolate” bars.

The course was otherwise a success, she said, adding that Wichita State planned to offer two similar courses at the retirement home and elsewhere — one on Downton Abbey and one on biblical archaeology.

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