March 10, 2014
One Email, Much Outrage
How a seemingly simple message to students brought digital-age disaster for a Wisconsin professor
Courtney Perry for The Chronicle
Rachel Slocum’s problems began with an email she sent at the end of long day.
It was Tuesday, October 1, and the federal government had partially shut down as a result of a budget impasse. The U.S. Census Bureau and Education Department websites were out of commission, leaving the students in her introductory geography class without access to data for an assignment.
"Hi everyone," she wrote to the 18 students in the online course. "Some of