2 Elite Universities Block Admission of Students Linked to Scandal

Yale University and the University of Southern California (USC) both took steps to block the admission of students linked to the national college admissions scandal involving wealthy executives and celebrities who allegedly bribed elite colleges to get their sons and daughters into elite colleges.

Thomas Conroy, the spokesman for Yale University, said the Ivy League learning institution “has rescinded the admission” of one student regarding this matter. Conroy did not identify the name and exact association of the student with the school.

This move is the latest response of the university to the scheme wherein students begin to face penalties. Most of the students have no idea of their parents’ actions, according to prosecutors. The federal government have said schools are the scams’ victims.

Ruth Meredith, former coach of Yale’s women’s soccer team, was charged with accepting a $400,000 bribe to admit an applicant who did not play the sport. Meredith resigned and would plead guilty to charges related to the fraud.

Earlier, USC had prevented students associated with the admissions scandal from registering for classes and availing their transcripts. It also said it has terminated two employees linked to the allegations and has put on leave a faculty member who was identified as a parent in the indictment.

Olivia Jade and Isabella Giannulli, daughters of “Full House” co-star Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, a designer, were among the students whom USC blocked from entering. Loughlin and Giannulli were charged with paying $500,000 in bribes to get their daughters into school.

Georgetown, Stanford, UCLA, the University of Texas, the University of San Diego, and Wake Forest were some universities implicated.

Several college students have also filed a class-action lawsuit against eight universities linked to the scheme. The suit claims over $5 million in damages. It also accuses each school of their neglect in failing to maintain the existing protocols and security measures to ensure the “sanctity of the college admissions process.”