As the largest college admissions cheating scandal is at the spotlight of news, many celebrities and CEO’s are under fire as they are accused of paying their children’s way to top universities in the US. Collectively paying $25 million to a college admissions counselor named William Singer, the case is under full investigation as it is reported that the universities had no knowledge of the wrongdoing. Instead, it was coaches and staff that were keeping this secret under wraps.
Singer was the mastermind behind it all, using the money from these wealthy families to bribe college officials, coaches and college entrance exam administrators. All of these people helped students secure admission to schools including Yale, Stanford, University of Southern California, University of California Los Angeles, Wake Forest, and Georgetown. Incidents include students taking the SAT individually with a bribed proctor as well as paying college coaches to establish fake credentials for these “recruited athletes”.
Full House star Lori Loughlin and Desperate Housewife actress Felicity Huffman are both two of the 50 parents that have been charged and arrested by authorities for their involvement in the scandal. It is reported that Loughlin and her husband “agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team…thereby facilitating their admission to USC.” This came as no surprise to many fans as her youngest daughter, YouTube sensation Olivia Jade, has openly discussed her dislike and absence from school do to work and travel. She openly said in a video that she was going to college for the experience of tailgating and partying.
It is unclear what will happen to students that were admitted under these false tenses as many of the children did not know about the manipulation going on behind the scenes. The President of University of Southern California released a statement to all staff and students regarding the investigation. “The federal government has alleged that USC is a victim in a scheme perpetrated against the university by a long-time Athletics Department employee, one current coach and three former coaching staff, who were allegedly involved in a college admissions scheme and have been charged by the government on multiple charges. At this time, we have no reason to believe that Admissions employees or senior administrators were aware of the scheme or took part in any wrongdoing—and we believe the government concurs in that assessment.” The letter also ensured the remedial efforts that the university plans to carry out including employments assessment, admission reviews, and an investigation of funds through the school.