The neverending college admissions scandal know as Operation Varsity Blues is getting more complicated with frequent updates on the legal battles of the parents but what is happening with the kids? Are they still in school or were they unceremoniously sent packing? So far eight universities have been implicated in the investigation.
Stanford has kicked out a female student, according to the Stanford Daily and she has lost any credits she accumulated.
The former student included fabricated sailing credentials in her application, which is grounds for expulsion according to University practice. Though she was accepted through the standard process and not as a recruited athlete, her admission was followed by a $500,000 contribution to Stanford’s sailing program paid through former head coach John Vandemoer, who was fired after agreeing to plead guilty for accepting donations in exchange for recommending non-sailors as recruited athletes.
On March 12, Vandemoer pleaded guilty to accepting $270,000 in bribes linked to two students who did not ultimately attend the University. He has not yet faced charges for the $500,000 associated with the expelled student’s acceptance.
According to the school, no members of the incoming class or any current students are tied to the scandal. Stanford is setting up new procedures so that athletic recruits undergo background checks from a Stanford Athletics Executive, whatever that is, not just the coach. And, there will be the standard reviews of procedure in accepting donations to the athletics program.
One determining factor may be on the question of if the student was a willing participant in the scheme for college admission. Some of them apparently didn’t know about their parents’ cheating actions to get them admitted. In the case of Lori Loughlin’s celeb daughter Olivia, there are emails with her name cc’d on them. Felicity Huffman, in contrast, made a point of saying her daughter knew nothing of her parents’ actions. There is an extensive list of who may and who may not have known HERE
USC looks to be a school hard hit with fraudulent applications and in the case of Olivia Jade and her sister Isabella Rose, they are not being allowed to withdraw from school yet. USC has denied admission to 6 students’ involved in the current applications process for involvement in the scandal.
Olivia Jade Giannulli and Isabella Rose Giannulli remain enrolled at the University of Southern California, which put holds on the accounts of all students who may have fraudulently received admission, Us Weekly reported.
“This prevents the students from registering for classes (until they have agreed to participate in the review of their case), withdrawing from the university, or acquiring transcripts while their cases are under review,” the college said in a Monday statement.
Back in March, Yale rescinded admission of one female student and denied admission to another. The women’s soccer coach is involved in that case. Yale was the first school to act and UCLA is reviewing a current student’s records and that of an applicant. There are 12 students listed in the indictment that attended or are attending the school and they are all under review.
“If UCLA discovers that any perspective, admitted or enrolled student has misrepresented any aspect of his/her application, or that information about the applicant has been withheld, UCLA may take a number of disciplinary actions, up to and including cancellation of admission,” said Tamberg.
Wake Forest has one student involved in the indictment but no action is being taken because the student doesn’t appear to have been aware of the financial transactions. The University of Texas – Austin decided not to comment about students who may be involved, citing the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. The school says reviews will be done if necessary. The University of San Diego is using an outside law firm to conduct investigations.
Whether the students knew about the financial bribery or not, the parents remain the people responsible for this mess. The kids may not have known what was happening but even for the ones who did, it was the parents who hatched the scheme and paid the money. The kids had a lack of decent role models here and went along with it. Now they will be forever attached to a very bad story.
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