Chapman University has received less attention in the admissions scandal than the University of Southern California, Georgetown University and others. The original indictments included reference to a Chapman applicant who submitted an SAT score based on a test taken by someone else, but that has been the case at several universities.
On Thursday evening, Chapman released a summary of its own investigation into issues raised by the scandal. To date, Chapman has found no signs that its employees broke laws. But the university revealed that records about nine of its students have been requested by federal authorities.
Here are other findings released by Daniele Struppa, Chapman's president:
- One student was admitted on the basis of fraudulent SAT scores. But the university has not found any evidence that it could have known that the scores were fraudulent.
- A number of families working with Rick Singer, mastermind of the admissions scheme, "have offered (themselves, or through Singer) to donate while students were in the admissions pipeline or awaiting a decision, and several donations were made in close proximity to an admissions decision."
- The university "admitted multiple students who worked with Singer. At the same time, Chapman denied multiple applicants who worked with Singer, including students of families Singer indicated would donate."
The report said that Chapman was committed to "accountability" in the wake of the scandal. The university is still studying what action, if any, to take about students.
Further, the report said that Chapman was working to "institute a stronger barrier between admissions and fund-raising, especially in terms of the admission process, to best avoid any potential undue influence where a prospective student (or his or her representative) offers to exchange something of value for admission."
Other Scandal Developments
On two days last week, parents pleaded guilty to charges related to the scandal.
On Tuesday, Gordon Caplan admitted paying Singer $75,000 related to test-score fraud. Agustin Huneeus admitted to paying Singer $300,000 in relation to his daughter's test scores and efforts to have colleges recruit her.
On Wednesday, Gregory and Marcia Abbott and Peter Jan Sartorio each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud -- in all of the cases related to the standardized tests taken by their children. The Abbotts admitted to paying $125,000 in the scheme. Sartorio admitted to spending $15,000.
Meanwhile, Malcolm Abbott, a son of the Abbotts, was arrested last week for assaulting his father.