Students are suing the schools involved in the college admissions scandal — but experts say it's a dead end

Business Insider | 2/26/2015 | Michelle Mark, INSIDER
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Students have already filed a lawsuit seeking class-action status, after a wide-ranging college admissions scandal was revealed this week.

Prosecutors have charged 50 people in a scheme to admit the children of wealthy parents, who the feds are accusing of paying bribes to help get their children admitted to the schools.

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Two students have sued several universities at the center of the scandal, alleging that the scheme prevented them from having a fair opportunity to apply to those colleges, and that the schools were negligent in protecting their admissions processes.

Legal experts say the lawsuit is likely to fail, as the students will have a hard time proving they would have been accepted if not for the scheme.

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Multiple universities at the center of a sweeping college admissions scandal were hit with a lawsuit from two students who say they were deprived of a fair admissions process by an alleged scheme that allowed parents to pay bribes to secure spots at top schools for their children.

Federal authorities charged some 50 people on Tuesday, accusing them of participating in the scheme. Dozens were wealthy, high-profile parents who prosecutors say paid bribes so that coaches and administrators would admit the children as athletic recruits, or so their children could cheat on the ACT and SAT, according to the criminal complaint.

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Erica Olsen and Kalea Woods, both students at Stanford University, filed a suit seeking class-action status, alleging that schools like the University of Southern California, Yale University, and the University of California Los Angeles were "negligent in failing to maintain adequate protocols and security measures" that would have protected the admissions process.

"Had she known that the system at Yale University was warped and rigged by fraud, she would not have spent the money to apply to the school. She also did not receive what she paid for...
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