"I know everyone is getting more and more anxious to check status" of applications, read the message posted to a BusinessWeek.com discussion group by someone using the screen name "brookbond."
"So I looked around their site and found a way."
Over the next nine hours, about 150 prospective MBA students pasted a URL address into a Web browser and typed in a passcode in an attempt to learn their fates.
The consequences were severe. Harvard Business School, the MIT Sloan School of Management and Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business have pledged to reject any applicants who tried to get an early peek at their acceptance or rejection letter.
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I'd say that's a pretty hypocrite action of those colleges, who in the past have largely neglected ethics in their courses.