- On Wednesday, Georgetown University officials released a statement that said they were expelling two students connected to the college admissions scandal.
- One of those students, Adam Semprevivo, has already filed a lawsuit to try and fight his dismissal.
- The 21-year-old just finished his junior year at the Washington, DC college, and said he knew nothing about the scheme.
- His father, Stephen, has pleaded guilty to paying a college consultant $US400,000 to get his son into the school.
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A 21-year-old Georgetown University student, whose father has pleaded guilty to paying $US400,000 to get him into the school by fraudulent means, filed a lawsuit Wednesday to fight his expulsion from the school.
Adam Semprevivo filed his lawsuit just a few hours before the school announced in a statement that it would be dismissing two current students tied to the nationwide college admissions scandal.
“Applicants to Georgetown affirm that the information and statements contained in their applications are true, correct and complete. Knowingly misrepresenting or falsifying credentials in an application can be cause for rescinding the admission of the student and dismissal from Georgetown,” the school’s statement read.
“Today, we informed two students of our intent to rescind their admission and dismiss them from Georgetown. Each student case was addressed individually and each student was given multiple opportunities to respond and provide information to the University.”
Semprevivo, who is from Los Angeles, just wrapped up his junior year at the school, and his lawyer, David Kenner, told The New York Times that being kicked out of the school is too harsh of a punishment.
“It’s a life sentence. He’s lost three years of his life, studying, getting good grades, doing everything that was expected of him,” Kenner said.
A school spokesperson told Fox 5 DC that there would be a permanent notation added to the two students’ transcripts about how they gained admission to the school, and that it would be up to other institutions to decide whether to accept those credits or not.
Kenner said that such a situation would make it difficult for his client to gain admission to another college, and could affect his job prospects.
“Potentially this will follow him for the rest of his life,” Kenner told The Times.
According to the Washington Post, Semprevivo claims in the lawsuit that he had no idea his father had paid his way into the school. In high school, he says he was a student in good standing with a weighted GPA over 4.0 and an SAT score of 1980 out of 2400.
Semprevivo’s expulsion comes a week after his father, Stephen, pleaded guilty to paying $US400,000 to college admissions consultant William Singer, to get his son into Georgetown as a tennis recruit, even though Adam never played tennis competitively.
According to court documents, Singer had a special relationship with former Georgetown tennis coach Gordon Ernst, who is accused of accepting $US2.7 million in bribes from him between 2012 and 2018 in exchange for helping 12 students get into the elite university. Ernst has pleaded not guilty to a racketeering conspiracy charge.
After the college admissions scandal was revealed by prosecutors two months ago, Georgetown started its own review of the students connected to the investigation. It’s unclear whether there are any other current students at the school who obtained admission through Singer’s methods. Yale and Stanford have also rescinded the admissions of two students connected to the scandal.
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