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Students File Lawsuit Against Colleges in Bribery Scandal

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7Dnews London

Fri, 15 Mar 2019 08:49 GMT

Students of prominent American Universities have filed lawsuits for being denied a fair shot at admission, following a college bribery scandal, according to AP, reporting on the first lawsuit arising from the case.  

Erica Olsen and Kalea Woods, now students at Stanford, brought a class-action complaint on March 13th in federal court in San Francisco on behalf of themselves and other applicants and asked for unspecified damages.

The two students are suing Yale, Georgetown, Stanford and other schools involved in the case, saying they were victimised when rich and famous parents paid bribes that enabled unqualified students to get into highly selective universities.

"Each of the universities took the students' admission application fees while failing to take adequate steps to ensure that their admissions process was fair and free of fraud, bribery, cheating and dishonesty," the lawsuit stated.

A group of 50 people were charged earlier this week after the bribery scandal unfolded. Colleges seek denial by firing and suspending coaches and employees who facilitated admitting the students.

The two plaintiffs said they were denied a fair opportunity at Yale and the University of Southern California. The lawsuit also named the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Wake Forest University and the University of San Diego. Among other claims, the lawsuit said that the universities should have discovered the bribes and that their failure to do so through audits or other practices reflects, "an unfair business practice."

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