Edinburgh University has told final year students to ignore an email which told them they would not graduate this summer.
The email claimed each candidate had not achieved sufficient credits to receive their degree.
It is not known whether the e-mail was a fake – or whether it was simply sent in error to some students.
A university spokesman said: “We are aware of the situation and are looking into it as a matter of urgency.”
All final year students have now received a legitimate email from the university which says: “We are aware that a number of final year students have received an email, apparently from the university, informing them that their graduation has been cancelled.
“Please ignore this message. No graduations have been cancelled. Your final degree results will be released in line with the published schedule – no later than 16th June for the great majority of students and no later than the 23rd of June for Medics and Vets.
“We are looking urgently into this situation. We will be back in contact with you as soon as we can and will also ensure your MyEd/EUCLID screens are refreshed with accurate information.”
Several students took to social media to criticise the university.
One, named Calum, tweeted a copy of his email with the message: “The University of Edinburgh sent this to all final year undergraduates this morning ‘in error.’ Pretty big error to make.”
Another called Hannah said: “Honestly the worst thing to wake up to, Edinburgh university you are ridiculous.”
And Ruth tweeted: “Massive anxiety and distress caused by Edinburgh University emailing all final years saying they failed. #StudentWelfare #WhatStudentWelfare”
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