Yale University has rescinded the acceptance of one student linked to the nationwide college admissions cheating scandal that exploded into the headlines earlier this month.
In a brief statement, a Yale spokesman confirmed Monday that the Ivy League school “has rescinded the admission of one student as a result of this matter.” Further details about the student weren’t immediately available.
Rudolph “Rudy” Meredith, the Yale head women’s soccer coach from 1995 through November 2018, has agreed to plead guilty to fraud related charges for his role in the scheme, records show.
Meanwhile, 12 defendants in the sprawling probe are slated to make their initial appearances Monday afternoon in US District Court in Boston. Fifty defendants have been charged in connection with the alleged scheme.
Court papers say that beginning in 2015, Meredith “agreed with [William “Rick” Singer] and others known and unknown to the United States Attorney to accept bribes in exchange for designating applicants to Yale as recruits for the Yale women’s soccer team, and thereby facilitating their admission to the university, in violation of the duty of honest services he owed to Yale as his employer.”
Yale said in a statement released March 15 that there “is strong reason to believe Rudy Meredith provided fraudulent athletic endorsements to two applicants; one was denied admission despite the endorsement, and the other was admitted and is attending Yale. Federal privacy law and Yale policy prevents Yale from revealing the name of either individual to the public.”
The statement continued, “Yale is investigating the allegations and will take action if they prove true. On the very rare occasion when Yale receives an allegation that a current student included false information in an application, Yale gives the student the opportunity to address the allegation. If Yale determines that the allegation is true, the student’s admission is rescinded, based on language in the application that requires applicants to affirm that everything in the application is true and complete.”
Yale’s not the first school to take adverse action against fraudulent applicants in the wake of the stunning revelations by law enforcement.
About two weeks ago, USC confirmed that it had denied admission to six applicants “in the current admissions cycle” linked to the scheme.
And word of the Yale action comes amid a big day for the college admissions scandal in US District Court in Boston.
Prosecutors say wealthy parents, including Hollywood celebrities and captains of industry, cut fat checks to the admitted ringleader, Singer, in exchange for his help getting their kids falsely certified as athletic recruits at selective schools, or rigging their SAT and ACT scores.
Among the defendants slated to appear Monday are former Georgetown tennis coach Gordon Ernst, who allegedly collected payments totaling $2.7 million over several years in exchange for certifying “at least 12 applicants as recruits for the Georgetown tennis team, including some who did not play tennis competitively, thereby facilitating their admission to Georgetown,” according to court records.
Another defendant appearing Monday is Donna Heinel, a former athletic department official at USC who allegedly plotted with Singer to have applicants presented to the school as athletic recruits. Heinel and Ernst are both charged with racketeering conspiracy.
An indictment filed in the case said that on multiple occasions between 2014 and 2018, “Singer’s clients made payments of more than $1.3 million to USC accounts controlled by HEINEL, typically an account for the USC Women’s Athletic Board. Singer’s clients paid between $50,000 and $100,000 per student by check sent to HEINEL, typically via U.S. mail or a private, interstate commercial carrier.”
In addition, the indictment said, Singer “entered into a sham consulting agreement with HEINEL, pursuant to which, beginning in July 2018, he directed payments of $20,000 per month to HEINEL personally via checks drawn on one of the KWF charitable accounts [controlled by Singer] and sent to HEINEL via U.S. Mail.”