Dallas-Area College Rejects Nigerian Students Citing “Ebola Cases”

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In a stunningly facepalm-y example of how not to address Ebola, Navarro College sent out rejection letters to Nigerian applicants that said they are “not accepting international students from countries with confirmed Ebola cases.”

Kamor Abidogun, a Nigerian American working as a mechanical engineer in Houston, received the letter in early October. Several of his relatives, including at least one Nigerian citizen, used his address to apply to Navarro College.

Obviously, America is a country with confirmed Ebola cases. Nigeria, on the other hand, has expertly contained the virus. No new cases have emerged in more than three weeks, and the country is expected to be deemed Ebola-free within the next two weeks.

When Abidogun received the letter from Navarro College, he passed it onto his friend, Idris Bello, who tweeted a picture of it and cc’d Barack Obama’s Twitter account.

On Tuesday, Navarro College back-pedaled and stated that the letters contained “incorrect information.” According to a statement that the college released, they would only be recruiting international students from China and Indonesia—suggesting, once again, that they would not be accepting the Nigerian applicants.

According to the Washington Post, Bello responded by asking, “Should universities in Boston now start rejecting student applicants from Texas?”

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