The college entrance exam scheme scandal has grown since it first came out on Monday, March 11. Actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman were both indicted for their involvement in the scheme. Now, two students are filing a lawsuit against the universities involved in the scandal, according to the Associated Press.
Erica Olsen and Kalea Woods filed the suit against Yale, USC, UCLA, Wake Forest, Georgetown and the other schools involved in the scandal. They are arguing that they were not given a fair opportunity to gain admission to those schools.
Olsen and Woods said they were both denied a fair opportunity to apply to USC and Yale.
They also argued that they were being passed over for “unqualified students” in the alleged schemes. Considering many of the schools involved are prestigious academic institutions, their claim might not be that far-fetched. The scheme involved proctors doctoring standardized test scores and bribing athletic coaches to get their children into these schools.
Loughlin’s daughter, Olivia Jade, is a prime example of the scheme as her parents paid former crew coach Jovan Vavic $50,000 to make sure she was on the crew team. The younger Loughlin posted a video to her YouTube channel that said she did not how much school she was going to attend at USC.
Her admission to not really wanting to go to class makes it sound even worse for everyone involved in the scandal. The scheme caters to rich parents that will go to great lengths to have their kids attend these elite universities. Their admission into them does not allow for other, more “qualified” students who for their entire high school career.
Woods and Olsen are the students directly affected by the scandal as they are not allowed a fair chance for admission. Their lawsuit against the universities is huge and the result of it will send shockwaves across the nation.