As the college admissions scandal investigation continues, a key question is what universities knew and whether more could have been done to detect the widespread fraud.
Several universities have launched investigations to examine that question. But there are lingering questions about how such an audacious scam could go on for so long without detection at some of America’s top colleges.
The Los Angeles Times reported in April that documents show the University of California, Los Angeles knew years ago there were concerns about parents pledging donations to its athletic program in exchange for their children being admitted to the university in violation of rules prohibiting such a practice.
A source familiar with the case also told the Times that prosecutors want to learn more about who at UCLA and the University of Southern California knew of any recruiting schemes and are asking questions of two parents who pleaded guilty and are now cooperating.
Prosecutors have said the colleges involved in the scheme are victims, not targets, of the growing criminal investigation. The 10 university coaches and officials charged so far in the far-reaching scandal have been characterized as rogue actors who flouted the law and school policies, pocketing bribes to admit the children of wealthy and powerful families as recruited athletes.