As a proud alum of Georgetown University, I am deeply disappointed that GU, along with Stanford University, Yale University, University of Southern California, University of California Los Angeles, University of Texas, Wake Forest University, and University of San Diego, is involved in the college entrance bribery scheme.
I implore the administration to rescind admissions and any degrees conferred to all students involved in this scandal. In addition, a written public apology needs to be made to all university alumni and students as well as applicants/families of those who were deferred or not admitted at these cheaters' expense.
There are three main reasons:
1) History will repeat unless there are direct consequences coming from the university. Unless the university takes action to discourage future cheating, wealthy parents of unqualified students will do this in the future for their unqualified children. Parents with enough resources are willing to sacrifice for their kids, and they will certainly do it for their unqualified children for a brief stay at a minimum security white-collar prison. However, if such parents see that their children will not be accepted or have their degree overturned as a result of cheating serve as a strong deterrent from trying to bribe university officials in the first place.
2) Leaving these unqualified children of bribing parents severely degrades the standards and prestige of Georgetown University. All of the hard work that we as alumni and current students did to receive admissions fair-and-square is thoroughly degraded by having these severely unqualified applicants receive admission and any subsequent degrees because of their parents' financial ability to bribe university officials.
3) The reputation, honor, and future of our university will remain permanently tarnished unless Georgetown University wipes the stain off by erasing these mistakes from its history, including all who benefited from this scandal and graduated or are currently enrolled in the university as students.
If you are an alum/student, please include your school and graduating year.
Thank you for supporting meritocracy and upholding the standards of The Hilltop.
Here is a link to the Washington Post article of the scandal. Click here.