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Two Stanford students are suing ALL universities involved in the college admissions scam


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Two Stanford students are suing all of the universities involved in the alleged college admissions scam.


Erica Olsen and Kalea Woods claim they didn’t receive “a fair admissions consideration process” due to the illicit bribery schemes that gave some an unfair advantage.

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They also believe their degrees are worth less than before due to the damage inflicted by the scandal, Stanford is one of the universities listed by the FBI as having accepted applicants through the scam. All universities involved have said they were unaware of the scam and have subsequently suspended any staff implicated and launched internal investigations.


Referencing Woods, the lawsuit states, “prospective employers may now question whether she was admitted to the university on her own merits, versus having rich parents who were willing to bribe school officials.”


What’s more, the students were turned down from top unis while unqualified applicants got in under false merit.


Both Olsen and Woods were highly skilled applicants, passing all requirements to apply to university and gaining impressive scores on their admissions exams.

In addition to their academic prowess, they both displayed athletic skills and Olsen later qualified for Stanford’s elite dancing squad.

In the lawsuit they both claim they were unsuccessful applicants to two universities, institutions which have since been found by the FBI to have admitted unqualified applicants.


Olsen applied to, and was rejected from, Yale University. While Woods applied to, and was rejected from the University of Southern California (USC).


Both students are also suing William Rick Singer, the man accused of running the scheme, and his charitable organisation Key Worldwide Foundation.

Singer allegedly made monthly payments to a USC administrator via the charity. These payments were bribes according to prosecutors, and in exchange, the administrator then allegedly, “helped facilitate the admission of several dozen students to USC as recruited athletes, even though many of those students had fabricated athletic credentials and some did not even play the sports they were purportedly being recruited to play.”


The education institutions being sued include Yale University; Georgetown University; the University of Texas; University of Southern California; University of California, Los Angeles; University of San Diego; and Stanford University.

You can read the full class action lawsuit below:

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