A University of Iowa teaching assistant on Tuesday reportedly inadvertently sent nude photos of herself to students in her class , and UI officials now are looking into the incident and taking “appropriate action.”
UI students across campus were spreading the news via Twitter on Wednesday morning.
“A Math for Business TA apparently sent her entire class nudes of her and her boyfriend,” one person wrote. “Please tell me I know someone in that class.”
In an emailed statement, UI spokesman Tom Moore said, “We can confirm that a teaching assistant sent an email with inappropriate content to her students.”
Moore said in the statement that “the individual who sent the messages has stated that it was an accident. She regrets her actions.”
The UI is asking the students who received the message to delete it and not to share it with anyone else. Although the photos already were being spread via social media Wednesday morning.
“This incident was inappropriate, and the university will look into it and take appropriate actions under our policies and procedures,” according to Moore.
According to TotalFratMove.com, which claims to be the “No. 1 college comedy website,” the teaching assistant sent an email to students that she meant to include attached answers for a homework assignment.
Instead, according to the website, the attachments were a series of nude photos “featuring the female TA and male counterpart – possibly screenshots from a sex video.”
A copy of the TA’s email obtained by the website reads, “Hi class, I attach the solutions for number 76 and 78 in this email. Best.”
The photos are described as being images from a video chat that are sexual in nature, according to TotalFratMove.com.
A student in the class told the website that the TA was in back in class on Wednesday.
“The TA was teaching her 7:30 discussion session this morning trying to act like nothing happened but clearly very rattled. No one said anything about it but it was just extremely awkward,” the student said, according to TotalFratMove.com.
Twitter posts Wednesday said the TA sent the pictures to 80 students. Many of the dozens of comments on the social networking website poked fun at the slip-up.
“Someone should tell this math TA what folders are,” one person wrote. “Create one for nudes and one for math problems. Never ever mix the two up.”
Another person wrote, “Not every day your math TA accidentally sends nudes to half the class.”
One student commented, “Awkward class tomorrow.” And still another person quipped, “Soooo my problems don’t seem so bad.”
Dave Visin, associate director for UI police, said his office is not at this time investigating whether the TA’s account was hacked.
When asked about the incident on Wednesday, UI President Sally Mason said, “It was a sad mistake on her part.”