Class action lawsuit filed against USD, other schools in college admissions bribery scandal
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The University of San Diego is being sued in a class action lawsuit, stemming from the alleged fraud and bribery scheme that allowed wealthy parents to buy admissions at elite universities.
On Thursday, eight students and parents filed a class action suit against eight schools, saying they did not receive what they paid for, because they did not get “a fair admissions consideration process.”
The suit is asking for the application fees from students who were rejected to be returned.
As spelled out in the complaint, “Had Plaintiffs known that the system was rigged by fraud, they would not have spent the money to apply to the school.”
San Diego attorney Keith Greer who has experience in other class action lawsuits.said he did not believe a judge would allow the class action complaint to go forward.
He said the judge would have consider if all student applicants who were rejected were harmed or adversely affected in the same way.
“It would require, if I took this as a class action, we’d agree there’s fraud across the board that affected everybody, but then I would have to go through and look at every single individual applicant and see to what extent that fraud caused them harm – if any – and that makes this an unmanageable case. Dismissed,” Greer said.
Greer also said it would not be easy for the plaintiffs to hold the universities responsible, since prosecutors in the criminal case have not cited evidence that directly implicates the universities.
In a statement issued to KUSI, USD’s communications office said, “We have no reason to believe that any members of our admissions team, our administration or staff, or our current coaching staff were involved in the alleged wrongdoing.”
The university said it is conducting an investigation into the allegations and will take appropriate action if it finds wrongdoing by anyone associated with the university.