The University of Iowa rejected the suspect in the July 20th shooting rampage at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater when he applied to a graduate program last year.
Records released Thursday show the director of the university's graduate program in neuroscience told colleagues in January 2011 they were not to offer admission to James Holmes "under any circumstances." A second professor agreed.
Program director Daniel Tranel and psychology professor Mark Blumberg didn't elaborate on their reasons. An email from Tranel indicates Holmes was among seven applicants who visited campus one weekend. He recommended four be offered admission and was undecided about two. Holmes was the only one he recommended denying.
Holmes later enrolled at the University of Colorado Denver, but withdrew before the shooting. He's accused of killing 12 people and injuring 58 others.