Students File Class Action Over College Admissions Bribery Case

Students filed a federal class action in California Wednesday against several universities and entities allegedly involved in the massive college admissions scandal that led to the arrest of 50 people, including actresses, business executives and coaches.

Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that a nationwide college admissions bribery scheme carried out by Rick Singer and the Edge College & Career Network offered parents the option of faking learning disabilities to give their children more time to take the SAT and ACT college-entrance exams and another option that bribed college coaches to designate the students as athletes to lower the academic threshold for admission.

Two Stanford students said in the lawsuit that qualified students paid college admission fees without realizing that “unqualified students were slipping in through the back door of the admissions process by committing fraud, bribery, cheating, and dishonesty.”