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All University of Southern California applicants who are connected to the admissions cheating scheme will be denied admission, university spokesman Gary Polakovic said Wednesday.

A case-by-case review will be conducted for students who are already enrolled at USC and may be connected to the scheme. USC will “make informed, appropriate decisions once those reviews have been completed. Some of these individuals may have been minors at the time of their application process,” he said.

The announcement comes a day after the nationwide scandal exposed an alleged exchange of wealth, fame and influence for student admissions to elite universities.

Fifty people — from Hollywood stars and top industry CEOs to college coaches and standardized test administrators — stand accused of participating in a scheme to cheat on admissions tests and admit students to leading institutions as athletes regardless of their abilities.

As the alleged culprits, including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, position their defenses, the fallout continues for players across this wide-ranging case, which spans six states and raises seminal questions about how level the post secondary playing field really is.


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