The scandal of college admissions revealed by the indictments of some of America's richest people causes anger and shock at Yale University. (March 13)

Yale University has canceled the admission of a student whose family allegedly paid $ 1.2 million in bribes and brought her into the Ivy League school.

This is the first time that a school involved in the corruption scandal in college universities has publicly stated that she had taken steps to dismiss a student as a result of the allegations.

Tom Conroy, a spokesman for Yale, confirmed in a statement to the US TODAY that "Yale has canceled the admission of a student as a result of this case".

The student, whose name was not revealed by Yale, is identified as "Applicant 1" in the Ministry of Justice 's indictment regarding the former coach Yale's female football head, Rudy Meredith, who is among the 50 defendants in the case. Meredith resigned from her position in November.

Two students received false sports endorsements from the Yale coach, but only one was admitted by the school, university officials said.

Yale President Peter Salovey, in a letter to Yale supporters on Tuesday, presented an update of the school's internal revisions to the charges against Meredith regarding the athlete application process. He added that Yale had confirmed the athletes' references prior to the 2015 admission of all members of the school's sports teams who had received athletic approval during the admission process.

"In addition, with the exception of the only student who was fraudulently admitted, we determined that all students enrolled at Yale who were admitted with a sports endorsement played at least one season in their sports team", he declared. "The admission of the student who received a fraudulent endorsement was canceled."


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The number of students currently enrolled in various universities and whose parents allegedly paid bribes in the cheating scandal varied. The University of Southern California, for example, last week placed the accounts of six students currently enrolled in the program on a case-by-case basis, preventing them from enrolling in courses and learning. obtain transcripts.

Federal prosecutors said Meredith had accepted in November 2017 a "sports profile" made by Rick Singer, the alleged leader of the scheme, who had lied about the applicant's football credentials. This included falsely describing her as co-captain of a leading football club in Southern California. Meredith used this profile to classify her as a female football player.

The singer sent Meredith a check for $ 400,000 on January 1, 2018, in accordance with the indictment.

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In all, according to prosecutors, the father and other family members paid Singer $ 1.2 million, including $ 900,000 in a charitable account created by his consulting organization, The Key.

The FBI subsequently secretly recorded Meredith in a hotel room in Boston where he allegedly agreed to appoint another young woman, identified in the court documents by the word "Applicant 2", as a Yale footballer in $ 450,000 exchange. Prosecutors said he had agreed to an initial payment of $ 2,000 in cash at the hotel and that he had then received $ 4,000 by bank transfer into a Connecticut bank account.

The financial agreement was part of an FBI infiltration operation after a financial executive, eager to indulge in a securities deal, informed the federal authorities that Meredith had asked for a bribe to bring his daughter to Yale. Meredith subsequently cooperated with the FBI, making him the main domino of the case.

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Federal prosecutors say that rich and powerful parents of under-qualified students have been paying $ 25 million collectively since 2011 to Singer, who was running a dummy partnership, for someone to cheat their ACT or SAT exams or to reimburse sports coaches who accept their children. even though they did not play sports.

Salovey, president of Yale, said the sports department will review the sporting credentials of all students enjoying sports support from a coach. He added that the school had also launched a "comprehensive review" of its procedures to provide an athletic department recommendation to a student.

"If we become aware of new irregularities in the process, we will take the measures that are required," he said.

Twelve accused, including six coaches, pleaded not guilty Monday in federal court in Boston for laying charges of conspiracy.

Meredith, who was not among them, pleaded for an information hearing Thursday before federal judge Mark L. Wolf. A defendant pleads for information when the person agrees to plead guilty in a plea bargain.

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