- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 13, 2019

BOSTON (AP) – The University of Southern California says it will bar from admission about half a dozen student applicants connected to a firm indicted in a sweeping college admissions scandal.

William “Rick” Singer, who owns an admissions consulting firm, is accused of conspiring with wealthy parents to pay bribes to get their children into prestigious schools. He pleaded guilty Monday.

USC’s interim President Wanda Austin tells the Los Angeles Times that about a half-dozen students affiliated with Singer’s firm will be barred. A USC statement says officials will also conduct a case-by-case review of current students and graduates tied to the allegations.

Austin also says the university has identified at least $1.3 million in donations from those involved in the scheme and that money will be redirected to scholarships for underprivileged students.

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