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The Consequences of the College Admissions Scam: What Happens to the Students Who Cheated?

Today, a dozen people accused of crimes related to  the massive college admissions cheating scandal that unfolded earlier this month  will...

  • Today, a dozen people accused of crimes related to the massive college admissions cheating scandal that unfolded earlier this month will make their first appearance in federal court in Boston, which is where prosecutors and the FBI spearheaded the investigation.
  • No students were charged by prosecutors, but if they were implicated in the bribery and cheating scam, they could nonetheless face serious consequences, even if they knew nothing about it.
Today, when the first round of defendants accused of participating a nationwide college admissions scam appears in court, among their ranks will be six athletic coaches, two entrance-exam test administrators, and two people who worked with William "Rick" Singer, the alleged mastermind of the scheme. A further 23 defendants are scheduled to appear ext Friday.
No students were arrested when prosecutors unveiled charges earlier this month against 50 people in a nationwide college admissions scheme that the government dubbed operation “Varsity Blues,” but charging documents released by the US Department of Justice provided enough information to easily identify most of the kids who were allegedly admitted to universities thanks to bribes their wealthy parents paid to either cheat on the SAT and ACT college admissions tests, falsely portray the children as stellar athletes, or both.
While they may not face charges, those students are not exactly in the clear. Many of those students could be kicked out of school regardless of whether they knew about the scheme.
“When you fill out an application, you assert the information is accurate and true,” Jim Jump, past president of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, told Town & Country. “If you are caught falsifying that, that would put your admission in jeopardy.”
For instance, on the University of Texas at Austin’s application, the student has to sign off next to a sign that reads, “I certify that the information I have provided is complete and correct, and I understand that the submission of false information is grounds for rejection of my application, withdrawal of any offer of acceptance, cancellation of enrollment and/or appropriate disciplinary action.”
UT-Austin and UCLA both warned that any student they discover to have submitted bogus information will face disciplinary action.
Most of the schools said they would not comment on specific students connected to the scheme, because the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act prohibits colleges from sharing information from education records.
The University of Southern California stated that it placed a hold on anyone already identified as connected to Singer, and promised to revoke admission or expel anyone else it finds was part of the scheme. The daughters of actress Lori Loughlin, Olivia and Isabella, are reportedly planning to drop out of USC. Stanford University said it is probing how many students on its campus may have connections to Singer.
A Georgetown University spokesperson offered a similar statement to Town & Country: “We are reviewing the details of the indictment, examining our records, and will be taking appropriate action.”

Wake Forest University was the one exception of the schools contacted by Town & Country. The Wake Forest women’s volleyball coach is accused of taking a payment to get the daughter of one of Singer’s clients off the waitlist by naming her as a recruited athlete, but few details in that case have been released, other than a charge that Singer is the one who paid the coach. Wake Forest confirmed to Town & Country that the student is still enrolled, and said “we do not plan to take any action against her when there is no evidence she had any knowledge of the alleged financial transaction.”


  1. "No politicians were harmed in the making of this spectacle." We personally know politicians whose children were guaranteed a free ride to Harvard or Yale from the day they were born. Yes, from birth. They don't even have to apply. This is way more common than you think, and it's why we end up with so many stupid and incompetent people in high positions of government and business. Since those same jokers own all the media outlets, you are unlikely to ever hear about it. " News is that which someone, somewhere does not want revealed. Everything else is advertising."

  2. Yes, and these are the people who want to lecture the rest of us that we just don't understand how "privileged" we have it.

  3. You cannot prosecute one of those rich kneegrows you know....specially those in show biz....or the pavement apes might riot and destroy Chicago more than it already is destroyed.... anything to keep the apes calm and controlled you know.

  4. A criminal attorney friend of mine once told me...You are only as guilty as how much money you have.....and the more money you have the more innocent you are. His words have proved so true many times.....and he should know.