The Latest UT Austin says it isn't to blame for scheme

The Latest UT Austin says it isn't to blame for scheme

Under the scam, parents would pay college admissions counsellor William Rick Singer via a fake charity.

CNN spoke to two experts in college admissions and higher education law about the potential outcome for students whose parents pulled strings to get them into prestigious universities.

"We take the integrity of our admission process and the authenticity of the application data we consider very seriously".

Fifty people, including 33 parents, have been criminally charged in the nation's largest known college admissions scandal.

Lawyers for the other plaintiffs did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Some of those charged have already faced consequences: The Hallmark Channel announced it had dropped Loughlin from all future projects, and William McGlashan, who allegedly bribed a USC official to get his son admitted as a recruited athlete, stepped down from TPG Growth, a private equity fund.

But it remains to be seen what will happen to the students themselves. Court documents say Vavic was paid $250,000 and designated two students as recruits for his team to facilitate their admission.

Prosecutors indicated that some parents went to great lengths to hide the scheme from their children, even tricking them into believing they had achieved high scores on tests that were actually taken by a college test preparation director.

She implied that her school work would take a backseat to her influencer work.

As it turns out, it wasn't too much of a stretch for Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman to play parents scamming to get their kids into school. The students ultimately declined to enroll at Stanford, but the indictment alleges the sailing program received payments totaling $270,000 to fraudulently admit an unworthy applicant.

Among other claims, the lawsuit said that the universities should have discovered the bribes and that their failure to do so through audits or other practices reflects "an unfair business practice". Meredith accepted $2,000 in cash in the hotel room and gave the executive directions about how to wire the rest of the money, authorities say. She said she wasn't given a fair chance at admission. School officials acknowledged that an applicant mentioned in the complaint had been wait-listed before being offered admission. "The University was not aware of any alleged criminal activity or acceptance of bribes by Mr. Ernst until it was later contacted by the U.S. Attorney's Office", the university said in a statement.

Hatch said Ferguson has been placed on administrative leave. All of the schools, they allege, were part of the national admissions scandal and were tainting with allowing cheating and accepting bribes.

Stanford said it has no evidence that the allegations involved anyone else, but will conduct an internal review to confirm that. The anger and outrage may force universities to pull the curtain back on the admissions process, which has always been shrouded in secrecy.

Both lawsuits were filed in California.

Lawsuits began emerging on Wednesday, a day after federal prosecutors said a California company made about $25 million from parents seeking spots for their children in top schools, including Georgetown University, Stanford University and Yale University.

Instead, Irvine-based attorney John Medler and two other attorneys filed a suit on behalf of Lauren Fidelak, a student at Tulane University and her mother, Keri; Tyler Bendis, a community college student in Orange County, and his mother, Julia; Nicholas James Johnson, a student at Rutgers University in New Jersey, and his father, James.

"The investigation found that Mr. Ernst had violated University rules concerning admissions, and he separated from the University in 2018". The actions alleged by federal prosecutors against one UT employee were not in line with that policy and may have been criminal.

"This scandal is undermining the public's faith in this process", he said, "and schools have to act firmly and swiftly to show the public that they are as alarmed as the public is".

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents were tipped off to the scheme by a man they were investigating for securities fraud.

While the names of the students involved have not been released, universities are scrambling to contain the fallout from a scandal that spans several states and raises questions about whether qualified students were denied entry to accommodate children of the rich and famous.

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