University of Southern California, Yale and several other elite colleges are sued by several college students who claim they were denied a fair opportunity for admission and received their degree devalued due to a college cheating system issued by federal officials Tuesday.
The original plaintiffs, Standford University students Erica Olson and Kalea Woods, filed a complaint in the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Wednesday, one day after the federal authorities said they have discovered one of the largest college admission scams ever seen in the US The lawsuit is seeking $ 5 million on behalf of what the lawyers estimate will be thousands of plaintiffs who fit the criteria for applying for class status.
From Thursday afternoon, Olsen was no longer involved in the trial and a revised version of the complaint had removed her name. However, Woods remained in a suit with three new plaintiffs. The new students were hailed from Rutgers, Tulane and a named community college.
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University of San Diego, University of Texas in Austin, Wake Forest, Georgetown , Stanford, Yale and USC ̵
Students claim that they were not given a fair opportunity to be accepted into the elite schools where they had applied because some people were allegedly recognized based on false athletic profiles and distorted SAT and ACT scores obtained by bribes.
"The students who left the complaint did not receive what they paid for – to participate in an application without fraud," said a statement from Zimmerman Reed LLP. "According to the complaint, the schools represented that their admission process would be based on the applicant's merits, given their nature and performance. Instead, the students claim that what they received was a process bothered by bribes and school officials who failed to insure an honest application process."  "It's a simple requirement and a simple cure. Students want the money back," the statement continued. "They demand that anyone who paid an application fee to one of the eight named universities but was denied entry may be reimbursed."
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Singers would receive letters to the college's approval for their clients' children by either helping them cheat on entrance exams or pretending said they were recruited as an athlete in a school sport, the authorities said. The 58-year-old, who ran the college prep business Edge College & Career Network (also known as "Key") and the charity Key Worldwide Foundation (KWF), claimed that it was the parents' "side door" approach to getting into college. "
" Each of the universities was negligent in not maintaining adequate protocols and security measures in place to guarantee the wholeness of the college admission process and to ensure that their own employees were not involved in them