Stanford University Expels Student Linked To College Admissions Scandal

On Monday, Stanford University announced that the college has expelled a student who provided false information in their application. This is the second student to be penalized in the college admission scandal.

“We determined that some of the material in the student’s application is false and, in accordance with our policies, have rescinded admission,” the college said in a statement. “Any credits earned have also been vacated. The student is no longer on Stanford’s campus.”

The student has not been named in the statement or the current court documents, CNN reports. 

According to CBS News, the student allegedly falsified her sailing credentials in her application. The student was accepted through the standard process and wasn’t accepted as a recruited athlete, The Stanford Daily reports. However, the admission was followed by a $500,000 donation from the charity Key Worldwide Foundation, which is at the heart of the college admissions scandal. The contribution was made to Stanford’s sailing program via former Stanford sailing coach John Vandemoer. 

“The contribution was made several months after the student was admitted to Stanford,” the university said in a statement. “The student had no recommendation from the former sailing coach, or any other coach, and has not at any time had an affiliation with the Stanford sailing program or any other Stanford athletic team.”  

Last month, Vandemoer was fired and pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of racketeering conspiracy, Reuters reports. He admitted to accepting bribes up to $270,000 in exchange for two prospective Stanford students to receive athletic recommendations. According to the university, neither of the students were accepted into the school. 

In March, Yale University also rescinded admission for a student whose family allegedly paid $1.2 million to get in. The university also didn’t reveal the student’s name.

“We know that this episode has jarred the trust of many Americans in the college admissions process, and it has prompted many questions from the Stanford community,” the university said in a statement. “We are determined to take the right steps at Stanford to ensure the integrity of our process and to work toward rebuilding that trust.”