UPDATE: The University of Iowa teaching assistant who accidentally emailed nude pictures of herself to students has been reassigned by the school to non-teaching duties, according to the Associated Press on Thursday.
Call this a college teaching assistant’s worst nightmare: You accidentally email naked pictures of yourself instead of homework to your students.
University of Iowa officials called the math department TA’s email “inappropriate” on Wednesday and asked students to delete the email and NOT pass it on.
Good luck with that request.
The woman included the photos as attachments to an email she sent Tuesday night to 28 students in a pre-calculus class for business students. She apparently thought she was sending them the answers to a couple of homework problems.
News of the racy email first surfaced on a website called TotalFratMove.com – of course it did – that claimed it had copies of the nude images sent in the email, reportedly from a racy “cyber-sexing” video chat.
“The individual who sent the messages has stated that it was an accident. She regrets her actions,” university spokesman Tom Moore said in an email on Wednesday.
Students were quick to spread word on Twitter.
“The TA was teaching her 7:30 discussion session this morning trying to act like nothing happened but (was) clearly very rattled. No one said anything about it but it was just extremely awkward,” one student tweeted Wednesday.
Posted another: "Class with the most famous TA in University of Iowa history starts in an hour and a half. Wish me luck! Should I ask for an autograph?”
University officials said Wednesday that they were reviewing the incident and will “take appropriate actions under our policies and procedures.”
On Thursday, Moore confirmed to the Associated Press that the graduate student is still a TA but is performing non-teaching duties.
The Des Moines Register reported that the racy email was the talk of the campus and town still on Thursday. One bar in downtown Iowa City tweeted: “Come on in and drown your sorrows. Yes, we’re talking to YOU scandalous Math TA. You sound like you could use a cold one.”