Students who didn't follow the rules when they bought their Final Four tickets will have to give them back.

Butler released a statement late Monday night about a ticketing controversy after some students obtained tickets before they became available to the entire school.

The statement reads in part: At noon, the Athletic Department sent an email to a group of "priority students" to purchase Final Four tickets through the NCAA's online system. These students included: band members and cheerleaders not performing at the game; dance team members who are performing at the game; Dawg Pound members with point levels of 40 and above; and athletics interns.

These students were told "DO NOT SHARE THIS LINK. You may forfeit your right to tickets by sharing with others not on this email." Unfortunately, some students did violate this policy and they will lose their ticket privileges.

It was anticipated that approximately 400 tickets would be available to all remaining students on a first-come first-served basis. At 12:27 p.m., an email was sent to this group of students through the Butler Student Announcement listserv. After the fact, Information Resources confirmed that due to the high volume of emails being sent through the server, this process took approximately 30 minutes to complete. Consequently, some students did not receive this email until after all tickets were sold.

As soon as we complete the examination of this incident, the reclaimed tickets will be made available to all remaining eligible students. Notification of the process for distribution will be made via email.

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