The University of Southern California will conduct its own investigation into allegations that students had illicitly gained admission to the school as part of the recently revealed college admissions scheme, the Los Angeles Times reports.
USC interim President Wanda Austin said in a letter to the school community on Thursday that the university has started its own internal investigation into the scandal after 32 parents were indicted for allegedly taking part in a scheme to bribe or trick officials at multiple schools through a consulting company to gain admission for their children. Prosecutors accuse USC of playing a central role in the scheme.
“These recent revelations run counter to our values, which prioritize admissions based on merit and opportunity for all qualified candidates,” Austin wrote. “Our record of diversity among students selected for admission is a particular point of pride for me.
“We will do all that is necessary to continue to strengthen our culture and to restore trust within our community. This morning, I briefed members of the USC Board of Trustees on the steps we are taking, and they voiced their full support for any and all appropriate actions.”
Austin also wrote that USC will “deny admission to applicants in the current admissions cycle who are connected to the alleged scheme.” Two employees have already been terminated, and a faculty member who was named in the federal indictment as a parent has been placed on leave.