Stanford expels student in connection with college-fraud scheme

University cites false information in student's application

Stanford University has expelled a student who it determined had falsified his or her college application and who was connected to the nationwide college-admission fraud scheme, the university announced Tuesday.

In the April 2 statement, the university announced that "some of the material in the student's application is false and, in accordance with our policies, (we) have rescinded admission."

"Any credits earned have also been vacated," Stanford officials said. "The student is no longer on Stanford's campus."

In its announcement of the expulsion, the university alluded to a March 21 statement in which the university disclosed that it had identified a student who was associated with a contribution to Stanford from The Key Worldwide Foundation, the fraudulent organization that funneled money from parents to athletic coaches and administrators.

The university's former head sailing coach, John Vandemoer, has already been implicated in the scheme and was fired last month shortly after the federal indictment was announced. Vandemoer pleaded guilty to a federal charge of racketeering conspiracy.

According to Stanford, the student had not received a recommendation from any coach and has not been affiliated with the Stanford sailing program or any other athletic team.

The university did, however, deem that the student is "associated with a contribution to Stanford from the foundation in the government investigation." That contribution was made several months after the student was admitted, according to the university.

According to the Department of Justice investigation, the Stanford sailing program received three gifts totaling $770,000. Vandemoer acknowledged that he had accepted these contributions to the sailing program in exchange for recommending two prospective students for admission to the university. Neither of these two had completed the application process and neither was admitted, according to Stanford.

Stanford has confirmed all students on the sailing team who received an athletic recommendation, dating back to 2011, had legitimate sailing experience before applying.

No students in this year's applicant pool are associated with a donation from The Key Worldwide Foundation, Stanford has said.

Late last month, Yale University became the first university to expel a student linked to the admissions scheme.

In response to the scandal, Stanford has announced a series of policy changes and is conducting a "comprehensive external review" of its process for admissions recommendations from the athletics department as well as how gifts to athletic programs are accepted.

To have more oversight over recruits recommended by coaches, Stanford Athletics now requires that a member of the executive leadership of the athletics department responsible review and confirm the athletic credentials of all recruits.

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Posted by Stanford Scandal
a resident of another community
on Apr 8, 2019 at 10:49 am

'tis but another stain on a once proud institution.

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Posted by Stanford
a resident of Waverly Park
on Apr 8, 2019 at 6:18 pm

Stanford is still a very proud institution. Don't be silly!

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