USC Places Hold on Student Accounts Linked to College Admissions Scheme

After it was revealed last week several wealthy families bribed their children's' way into elite universities, one of the institutions is finally looking into the infamous college admissions scheme and has begun investigations.

USC officials have reportedly started investigating students who may be linked to the scandal and has placed holds on the accounts of the students involved.

The holds bar them from registering for classes or acquiring transcripts from the college while they are under review, the LA Times reports.

“Following the review, we will take the proper action related to their status, up to revoking admission or expulsion,” the university said in a statement.

"The majority of college applications, including those for USC, include an affirmation statement that students sign declaring that all information is factually true and honestly presented. It never pays to lie on an admissions application as those misrepresentations, if not caught immediately, could catch up with a student in the future," Mark Sklarow, CEO of the Independent Education Consultants Assn told the LA Times.

If a university finds out at any point during someone’s college career that they lied on their application, they can revoke admission to the school. If the person has already earned a degree, the school can revoke it, Sklarow said.

“What most people don’t know is if a college finds out a year later or four years later that you lied on your application, they can withdraw the offer of admission,” Sklarow said. “Nothing that happened while you’re on campus will count. They’ll never release a transcript. You’re gone.”

At least six applicants who applied for the current fall admission cycle were linked to the scheme and those potential students were denied admission.

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