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Yale among 8 elite schools struck with first lawsuit in massive entrance exam bribery scams



(ABC News) – The massive university entrance exams that have entangled 50 people in a federal indictment, including two high-profile actresses, have led to a class-action lawsuit filed by two Californian college students.

The suit was filed in a federal court in Northern California on Tuesday by two students from Stanford University, one of the eight elite colleges named in the trial, all of whom had individuals involved in the bribery case.

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In the series, students Erica Olsen and Kalea Woods claimed that they both went through the legitimate and rigorous admission process to Stanford and "were never informed that the admission process was an unfair, witnessed process in which rich parents made their way to college through bribery."

The suit also mentions the University of Southern California, UCLA, the University of San Diego, the University of Texas, Wake Forest University, Yale University and Georgetown University as defendants.

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The research into university entrance exams reported that people involved in different athletic teams at each of those schools were involved in obtaining student admission.

PHOTO: Harkness Tower is on Yale University campus in New Haven, Connecticut, September 9, 2016. "border =" 0 "height =" 480 "src =" https://s.abcnews.com/images/ US / yale-campus-ap-jc-190213_hpMain_4x3_992.jpg "width =" 640Beth J. Harpaz / AP, FILE

Harkness Tower is on Yale University campus in New Haven, Connecticut, September 9, 2016.

Olsen, according to the lawsuit, applied at Yale University in 2017, filing "stellar standardized test score, and a glowing profile that including a talented athlete and dancer."

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Olsen noted that she paid an application fee of approximately $ 80, according to the lawsuit.

"Had she known that the system at Yale University had been distorted and witnessed by fraud, she would not have spent the money to apply to the school," the trial states. "She also did not receive what she paid for – a fair admission procedure."

Olsen claims that she was damaged by the admission scandal because her Stanford degree is now no longer worth as much as before, because future employers might now wonder if she was admitted to college on their own merits than if they had parents who were willing to bribe school officials. & # 39;

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