Tag: Cheating

Different Paths for Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy in Admissions Scandal

The actor William H. Macy was identified in the criminal complaint only as “Spouse.” With his wife, Felicity Huffman, Mr. Macy paid $15,000 to a fraudulent charity run by a college consultant who helped arrange for cheating on their older daughter’s SAT test, prosecutors said in the complaint that details the nation’s largest-ever college admissions […]

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This Story of Trump Stealing a Kid’s Ball to Cheat at Golf Is Fully Bananas

Donald Trump has always had a contentious relationship with the truth, to the point that gamblers actually make stacks of cash betting on his lies—but a new story about the president cheating at golf is out of control, even for him. This week, author Rick Reilly chatted with Vox in support of his upcoming book, […]

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Chinese Family Reportedly Paid $6.5 Million for Spot at Stanford

The family of a former student at Stanford paid $6.5 million to try to get her admitted as a recruited athlete, although they have not been charged in the sweeping college admissions scandal, according to a person with direct knowledge of the investigation. The student, Yusi Zhao, was admitted to Stanford in 2017. Her parents […]

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L.A.’s Elite on Edge as Prosecutors Pursue More Parents in Admissions Scandal

LOS ANGELES — Federal prosecutors are pursuing a new set of parents in the college admissions fraud scandal, sending ripples of fear through elite circles in Southern California and stirring speculation about which well-heeled executive or celebrity might be the next to be charged. The prosecutors have informed some of the parents — the exact […]

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College Sports 101: A U.N.C. Class Reviews a Scandal at Its Source

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The summer of 2015 found the University of North Carolina in what some, including Jay M. Smith, a professor at the university, would characterize as a curious position. A year earlier, a university-commissioned report had found that the African and Afro-American Studies Department had offered nearly 200 fraudulent classes over almost […]

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The Ethicist: Should My Daughter Speak Up About a Classmate’s Plagiarized Poem?

My daughter spends half her school day in an arts high school, the other half in a traditional high school. Recently, she shared with me instances in which one of her peers had plagiarized in the arts school and cheated on exams in the regular high school. She told me that her peer is considered, […]

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12 People, Including 6 Coaches, Plead Not Guilty in College Admissions Scandal

A tennis coach with a country club membership and a second home on Cape Cod. An assistant teacher at a Houston public high school. A college administrator whose reputation as a stickler for the rules belied what prosecutors say was a penchant for secretly taking bribes to facilitate students’ admission. All together, a dozen people, […]

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The Conversation: The Kids Aren’t All Right

Gail Collins: Bret, as always we’ve got a lot to talk about. The mass shooting in New Zealand, of course. But perhaps we can get started with something less painful. Everybody’s been talking about that college admissions scandal. What’s your take? Bret Stephens: We definitely should get to talking about the terrorism in Christchurch, not […]

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‘Pied Piper’ of College Admissions Scam Had All the Answers

He was part coach, part therapist, part motivational speaker and part name dropper. Like a traveling salesman, he sought out clients near and far, selling dreams of prosperous futures. In central Illinois, William Singer made a passionate pitch to local business executives who came by invitation to a hotel meeting room. In Sacramento, he addressed […]

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Yale President Says University Will Rescind Admission for Students Caught in Celebrity Admission Scandal

Photo: Yale University president Peter Salovey speaks during the opening ceremony on day 2 of the Connecticut Open at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale on August 22, 2016 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Adam Glanzman/Getty Images) Yale has spoken up in the midst of the college cheating scandal that has enveloped celebrities and their mediocre […]

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‘I Put My Work In’: Honest College Applicants Await Their Fates

The college application process, for those staying within the rules, is one long and maddening lesson in the limits of control. Study hard, make the sports team, detail the family financial situation and then … sit and wait. That this nerve-racking powerlessness could simply be bought off is among the most galling parts of the […]

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College Admissions: Vulnerable, Exploitable, and to Many Americans, Broken

Standardized test scores are manufactured. Transcripts are made up. High-stakes admissions decisions are issued based on fabricated extracurricular activities, ghostwritten personal essays and the size of the check written by the parents of the applicant. [The college admissions scandal has raised a lot of questions. We’ve answered them here.] American universities are often cast as […]

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Status Anxiety and the Scam Economy

Scammers and cheats are the paradigmatic figures of our age, and not just because a con man is president of the United States. Again and again in recent years, people who’ve scaled the cultural heights have been revealed as audacious frauds. The systems and institutions that confer status in our society keep being exposed as […]

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College Cheating Scandal Shows a Standardized Test Isn’t Always a Fair One

For parents desperate to boost their children’s SAT or ACT scores, the test preparation company Student-Tutor offered an enticing solution: claim a learning disability and qualify for extra time. “This time advantage can help raise their scores significantly!” the website blared. “Some students have even reported raising their score by as much as 350+ points!” […]

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Bribes and Big-Time Sports: U.S.C. Finds Itself, Once Again, Facing Scandal

LOS ANGELES — On the palm-tree-lined campus of the University of Southern California this week, a tour guide proudly pointed out to prospective students the university’s six Heisman football trophies and award-winning faculty, testaments to the stellar reputation the school has fought hard to build. What the guide didn’t mention was that U.S.C. had emerged […]

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‘Do Your Children a Favor: Develop Some Real Values’

Gross class privilege, the repression of meritocracy and the hypocrisy of supporting affirmative action are just a few of the concerns raised by Opinion readers since Tuesday’s college admissions scandal broke. We received more than 4,000 comments on our coverage, which included Frank Bruni’s column, “Bribes to Get Into Yale and Stanford? What Else Is […]

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Son of Couple Charged in College Cheating Scandal Defends Parents While Smoking Blunt and Promoting Mixtape

Photo: iStock Gregory and Marcia Abbott obviously didn’t believe their daughter had the intelligence or requisite flair to make it into a top university on her own merit. If their daughter is anything like their son, we can see why, thanks to the New York Post. Smoking a blunt that appeared to have been rolled […]

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Inside the Pricey, Totally Legal World of College Consultants

For prices up to $1.5 million, parents can buy a five-year, full-service package of college admissions consulting from a company in New York City called Ivy Coach. The service begins as early as eighth grade, as students are guided through choosing courses and extracurriculars most likely to find favor in college admissions offices. They must […]

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