As the infamous 'side door' college admissions scandal continues to unfold, the University of Southern California has begun taking action against students who are connected to the case. The engineer of the scheme, William Singer, parents, and university employees have already faced arrests, suspensions, and lost jobs.
But USC has now turned its attention the recipients of the ploy, blocking any students who might be connected to the scandal from registering for courses. An official notice from USC was sent to the students on Monday. The school said that following an internal investigation, "we will take the proper action related to their status, up to revoking admission or expulsion."
USC said that all applicants who are connected to the scandal will be denied admission, per Fox 11. The school has also already fired two employees who were involved. No students were charged or accused of wrongdoing in the Justice Department's investigation into the admissions scheme.
The sweeping scheme involved parents allegedly bribing college coaches and other university officials at elite colleges across the country to get their children athletic scholarships even when they did not play the sport. Other parents allegedly paid for Singer's consultancy firm to doctor SAT scores. As a result, prosecutors charged 50 people, including actresses Lori Laughlin and Felicity Huffman, in what has become America's largest college admissions scandal ever uncovered. Tim O'Donnell