The prestigious University of Southern California (USC) has indicated that it may revoke the degrees of some graduates who were caught up in the now-notorious admissions cheating scheme.
Per reports in the NY Post, the students in question are those who fraudulently gained admission to the school as athletic recruits, with the help of mastermind William “Rick” Singer.
The university has hired an outside auditing agency to look into its graduates, and is expecting to resolve the matter within two to three weeks.
The message seems to be that those who come forward may receive some leniency.
One unnamed graduate who “self-reported” will not face action, even though he cheated on a college entrance test and attended the school on a football scholarship without the academic requirements.
Meanwhile, USC has placed holds on the account of current students who are suspected of being associated with the admissions cheating scheme.
This means that they cannot register for classes or acquire transcripts while their cases are under review, meaning that it will be impossible for them to transfer schools.
“These students have been notified that their status is under review,” said USC. “Following the review, we will take the proper action related to their status, up to revoking admission or expulsion.”
Updated information on the College Admissions Issue:
• USC has placed holds on the accounts of students who may be associated with the alleged admissions scheme; this prevents the students from registering for classes or acquiring transcripts while their cases are under review
— USC (@USC) March 19, 2019
Last weekend, it was reported that YouTuber Olivia Jade would be unlikely to return to the school, after news broke that her parents paid an alleged $500,000 bribe to get her in.
The 19-year-old lost a number of high-profile endorsement deals in the wake of the scandal, with beauty brands Sephora and TRESemme both cutting ties.