Georgetown University has moved to expel two students in the latest chapter of a college admissions scandal across the country where wealthy parents have been bribing administrators to grant their children access to elite universities.
“Today we informed two students of our intent to rescind their admission and dismiss them from Georgetown,” university spokeswoman Meghan Dubyak said. “Each student case was addressed individually and each student was given multiple opportunities to respond and provide information to the university.”
One of the students expelled was Adam Semprevivo, a junior and psychology major. His father allegedly paid $400,000 to William “Rick” Singer, a California consultant, to help Adam get admission to Georgetown as a tennis recruit.
Semprevivo received a letter this morning dismissing him from Georgetown where he must forfeit all of his credits and his 3.18 grade-point average. In addition, he and his family will not be refunded the $200,000 tuition they have paid so far during Semprevivo’s tenure at the university. Georgetown University, in the 2017 to 2018 school year, cost $71,580 annually for tuition along with room and board.
Semprevivo claims he received “no assistance” from Singer to enter the university.
Singer, the CEO of the for-profit college prep business Edge College & Career Network, also known as “The Key,” is one of the key figures in the country-wide scandal, and has raised $25 million in his operations to bribe school administrators and coaches to get certain students access to colleges such as Georgetown.
Fifty people across the country have been criminally charged in this scandal, with 33 of them being parents of the students gaining admission, such as Full House star Lori Loughlin and Desperate Housewives actress Felicity Huffman. Huffman pleaded guilty on Monday to criminal charges.