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Could UCLA Have Prevented Admissions Scandal?

September 13, 2019
 
 

Five years before the indictments in the admissions scandal, the University of California, Los Angeles, knew some of the activities of Rick Singer, mastermind of the scandal, but didn't notify law enforcement, the Los Angeles Times reported. The university conducted an investigation after the mother of a rejected athlete appealed and said she would donate $100,000 if her daughter was admitted.

Bradley Simon, a former federal prosecutor, said, “UCLA should have immediately notified law enforcement authorities. Had they done so at the time, UCLA would not be enmeshed in the current scandal.”

But a UCLA spokesman said that the university responded to the report with a range of reforms, including a ban on contributions from recruited athletes.

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