20 per cent of Americans think the kids who benefited from the college admissions scandal should be expelled

  • The college admissions scandal has sparked debate over what consequences people involved in a bribing scheme should face.
  • Among the most fraught issues is what should happen to students who weren’t aware of their parents’ alleged plans.
  • According to a new INSIDER poll, 44% of Americans believe that the students should be forced to re-apply to their schools.
  • 19.5% of Americans believe the students should be expelled and 13% think they should be suspended. 25% believe that nothing should happen to them.
  • A majority of Americans, though, believe that the parents and school officials should face criminal and civil liabilities.

Earlier this month, a the Department of Justice charged nearly 50 parents, college athletics officials, and college admissions professionals, accusing them of running an illegal scheme that unfairly got children into elite colleges.

The controversy rocked the world of college admissions, and inflamed a national debate about fairness and meritocracy.

But it also raised an important question: What do we do with the students who benefited from this scandal?

A handful of the students, according to documents released by the Department of Justice, appeared to be aware that their parents were up to something sketchy. Others, the parents seemed to believe, remained naive about the circumstances surrounding their standardised test scores and college acceptances.

According to a new INSIDER poll, Americans don’t have a united view on what should happen to students who – unbeknownst to them – benefited from a bribe that got them into a university.

Only 19.5% of them believe that the students should be expelled. Another 13% believe they should be suspended.

Lori loughlin daughtersWireImage/Gregg DeGuire via Getty ImagesIsabella Rose Giannulli, Lori Loughlin and Olivia Jade Giannulli.

About 25%, on the other hand, believe that nothing should happen to them.

The plurality of people surveyed, 44%, believe that the students should be forced to re-apply to their schools.

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Some people surveyed said the students should face some other kind of consequence. 8% said they should face criminal charges, 7% said they should have civil liability, 10.5% said they should pay a fine or restitution, 6% said they should be fired or lose employment, and 10.5% said they should have to do community service.

When it came to consequences for parents, Americans are far more united.

A majority of those polled said parents bribing someone to admit their child into a university they were otherwise unqualified to enter should face criminal charges, as well as fines or restitution.

A majority also said that university officials who accepted a bribe in the same scheme said they should be fired and face criminal charges.

The Department of Justice has not filed charges against any of the students who were admitted to school through the alleged scheme. Lori Loughlin’s daughters, though, have decided to leave the school over fears of bullying, according to TMZ.

SurveyMonkey Audience polls from a national sample balanced by census data of age and gender. Respondents are incentivized to complete surveys through charitable contributions. Generally speaking, digital polling tends to skew toward people with access to the internet. SurveyMonkey Audience doesn’t try to weight its sample based on race or income. Total 1,082 respondents collected March 10, 2019, a margin of error plus or minus 3.12 percentage points with a 95% confidence level.

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