University to expel two over bribery scandal
WASHINGTON – Georgetown University said yesterday it plans to expel two students in connection with the sweeping US college admissions bribery scandal.
The expulsions were announced several hours after one of the students, Adam Semprevivo, sued Georgetown over his treatment, including its refusal to let him transfer to another school and keep his academic credits.
Georgetown did not identify the expelled students or accuse them of wrongdoing. A lawyer for Semprevivo confirmed in an interview that the 21-year-old psychology major, who just completed his junior year, was one of them.
Fifty celebrities, business people, athletic coaches and others have been criminally charged in the scandal.
Wealthy parents have been accused of paying five- to seven-figure sums to win admission for their children at eight prestigious colleges including Stanford University, the University of Southern California and Yale University.
Prosecutors said the scheme involved embellishing many students’ athletic accomplishments, and cheating on the SAT college admissions exam.
Stanford expelled one student linked to the scandal last month, while Yale revoked another student’s admission in March.