College Admissions Scandal: How are Universities Handling Students Whose Parents Have Been Indicted?

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Isabella Rose Giannulli and Olivia Jade Giannulli are seen on December 29, 2018, in Los Angeles. Both Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose were prohibited from withdrawing from USC until an investigation is completed after their parents were charged in the college admission scandal. Hollywood To You/Star Max / Contributor

While many of the parents charged in the Key Worldwide college admission scandal wait for the court to determine their fates, the educations of some of their children also remains in limbo.

The federal investigation, dubbed "Operation Varsity Blues," exposed a fraudulent scheme wherein parents of college-bound children paid large sums of money to a company that would help the family deceptively obtain admission to highly competitive schools by, among other practices, falsifying student athletic records and test scores. Over 30 parents were charged and now face potentially decades of prison time. None of the children involved have been charged, however, some have already faced consequences in the form of their educational career.

Some schools have expelled students and others have prevented students who were possibly involved from withdrawing from the school until an investigation is completed.

Isabella Rose Giannuli and Oliva Jade Giannulli

Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli were both charged with allegedly paying to falsify the athletic records of their daughters, Isabella Rose and Olivia Jade, to aid their admission to the University of Southern California (USC).

In the wake of the scandal, USC announced that students allegedly involved in the scandal and already enrolled in classes, including Isabella Rose and Olivia Jade, were prohibited from withdrawing from the university. They also weren't allowed to register for classes until they agreed to participate in a review of their case. It's unclear if either of the Giannullis have participated in the review.

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Isabella Rose Giannulli and Olivia Jade Giannulli are seen on December 29, 2018, in Los Angeles. Both Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose were prohibited from withdrawing from USC until an investigation is completed after their parents were charged in the college admission scandal. Hollywood To You/Star Max/GC Images

Sofia Grace Macy

Sofia Grace Macy's mother, Oscar-nominated actress Felicity Huffman, pleaded guilty to paying to have her daughter's SAT score increased. Macy, 18, is set to graduate from the Los Angeles High School of the Arts in June and it's unclear what she'll do after receiving her high school diploma.

In January, her father, William H. Macy — himself a onetime Oscar nominee — told Parade that they were "in the thick of college application time." While he said Sofia would go to college, he added that once she's accepted, she would take a year off to pursue acting.

Gamal Abdelaziz's Daughter

Gamal Abdelaziz, former president of Wynn Macau Limited — a luxury resort and casino — pleaded not guilty to charges he allegedly payed to falsify his daughter's basketball records. She was admitted to the University of Southern California and began attending classes in the fall.

Similarly to the Giannullis, the Abdelaziz daughter would be included in the students prohibited from withdrawing or registering for classes until agreeing to participate in a review, according to USC's statement.

Gregory and Marcia Abbot's Daughter

Gregory Abbot, founder and chairman of packaging company International Dispensing Corp., and his wife Marcia pleaded guilty and admitted to paying to having their daughter's ACT and SAT exam score inflated. It's unclear where their daughter was accepted or if she had plans to attend.

Charlotte Blake

Diane and Todd Blake were charged with paying to falsify their daughter, Charlotte's, athletic records to aid her admission to the University of Southern California. Todd tweeted in 2018 that Charlotte was accepted, although it's unclear if she enrolled in classes.

Jack Buckingham

Jane Buckingham, a parenting and lifestyle guru, pleaded guilty to paying for someone take the ACT for her son, Jack, in July 2018. Jack told The Hollywood Reporter he was unaware of his mother's actions and apologized for unknowingly being involved in a scheme that took spots away from deserving students.

"While the situation I am going through is not a pleasant one, I take comfort in the fact that this might help finally cut down on money and wealth being such a heavy factor in college admissions," Jack said. "Instead, I hope colleges may prioritize [looking at] an applicants' character, intellect and other qualities over everything else."

Gordon Caplan's Daughter

Attorney Gordon Caplan pleaded guilty to paying to have his daughter's ACT score inflated. He said she was unaware of his actions and is a junior in high school who had not yet applied to colleges.

Robert Flaxman's Son and Daughter

Real estate developer Robert Flaxman pleaded guilty to paying to falsify the athletic records of his son to help the young man gain admittance to the University of San Diego (USD) and paying to inflate his daughter's ACT scores. His son attended USD and his daughter declined admission to the school. USD Assistant Vice President Pamela Gray Payton said any student who falsifies or misrepresents themselves on admissions applications can face expulsion, although, it's unclear if Flaxman's son has been disciplined.

I-Hsin "Joey" Chen's Son

I-Hsin "Joey" Chen, owner of a warehousing business, pleaded not guilty to charges related to allegations he paid $75,00 to have his son's ACT scores inflated. It's unclear which, if any, colleges accepted his son.

Amy and Gregory Colburn's Son

Amy and Gregory Colburn, an oncologist, filed a motion to dismiss the indictment against them and have a hearing scheduled for June 3. The couple is accused of paying thousands of dollars to have someone correct the answers of their son's SAT exam.

Their son submitted scores to Texas Christian University, Indiana University, University of Oregon and University of Arizona, according to Bloomberg. It's unclear which, if any, schools accepted him.

Isabelle Henriquez

Elizabeth and Manuel Henriquez, who was until recently the CEO of Hercules Technology Growth Capital, pleaded not guilty for allegedly paying for a proctor to sit with their daughter Isabelle while she took the SAT and provide her with the answers. They also allegedly paid to have her athletic record falsified.

Isabelle Henriquez was admitted to Georgetown University, where she was in her junior year when her parents were indicted.

Georgetown told Newsweek two students connected to the scandal were dismissed, but declined to identify them by name.

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The campus of Georgetown University is shown March 12 in Washington, D.C. In the wake of the admissions scandal, Georgetown dismissed two students whose parents were allegedly involved. Win McNamee/Getty Images

Douglas Hodge's Children

Douglas Hodge, former CEO of Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO), allegedly paid to falsify athletic records for two of his daughters and his son. His oldest daughter was admitted to Georgetown as a tennis recruit for the class of 2013 and his younger daughter was admitted to USC as a soccer recruit in 2013. His son was accepted to USC after an allegedly false football record was created, deferred for a year, but enrolled in 2017.

Hodge's son, if he was enrolled at USC the time of the indictments, would also be unable to withdraw or enroll in classes until participating in a review.

Hodge pleaded not guilty.

Agustin Huneeus' Daughter

Vineyard owner Agustin Huneeus pleaded guilty to paying to increase his daughter's SAT score, as well as creating a false athletic profile that included a photoshopped image of his daughter playing water polo.

A student at Marin Academy, she was accepted to the University of Southern California in November. However, USC said all applicants whose parents were allegedly involved in the scandal but had not yet enrolled have had their admittance revoked.

Bruce and Davina Isackson's Daughters

Bruce Isackson, a real estate developer, and his wife Davina both pleaded guilty to paying large sums of money to help their older daughter get into University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and their younger daughter into USC.

Their oldest daughter, Lauren Jackson, played soccer but not competitively and lacked the necessary skill to be recruited. She was admitted to UCLA as a soccer player in 2016 and listed as a midfielder on the 2017 roster. As of April, she was still a student at the school and the university has made no statements about any possible disciplinary action she could face.

Their younger daughter was admitted to USC after the Isackson's paid to inflate her SAT score and falsify her athletic profile as a rower. She was admitted as a member of the crew team, despite being an equestrian. USC said students currently enrolled who are tied to "Operation Varsity Blues" may not withdraw or register for future classes until they participate in a review.

Michelle Janavs

Michelle Janavs, a former food industry executive, allegedly paid to have her daughter's ACT scores inflated, as well as falsely presenting her daughter as a competitive beach volleyball player. Janavs was informed her daughter was accepted to USC in 2018. It's unclear if her daughter accepted the admission, although the offer may have been rescinded in the wake of the investigation, according to USC's statement.

Thomas and Katherine Kimmel

Elisabeth Kimmel, former TV station owner, pleaded not guilty to paying to falsify athletic records for both her daughter, Katherine, and her son, Thomas.

Katherine, according to the indictment, was admitted to Georgetown as a decorated tennis players. She graduated in 2017, before news about the scandal broke.

Thomas was accepted to USC as a champion pole vaulter and his application allegedly included a photoshopped image of him competing. He enrolled at the Los Angeles based university and is likely facing the same uncertainty as the other USC students who allegedly gained admission through illegitimate means.

Marjorie Klapper's Son

Marjorie Klapper, who is in the jewelry business, pleaded guilty to charges related to paying for someone to take the ACT for her son. It's unclear if the son had applied for college and if he did, where he was accepted.

Toby MacFarlane's Daughter and Son

Insurance executive Toby MacFarlane agreed to plead guilty to charges related to paying to falsify athletic records for both his daughter and son, who were both accepted to USC. His daughter was presented in her application as a soccer star and graduated from USC in 2018.

His son's application used falsified information about his basketball experience and he was formally accepted in 2017. He attended USC but withdrew in May 2018.

William E. McGlashan Jr.'s Son

Former TPG Capital executive William E. McGlashan Jr.'s allegedly paid to have a proctor correct his son's ACT exam answers. He allegedly submitted the ACT score to both USC and Northeastern University, Bloomberg reported.

McGlashan pleaded not guilty and his legal team claimed the son withdrew his applications and hasn't graduated high school.

Marci Palatella's Son

Marci Palatella, distillery owner and wife of former NFL player Lou Palatella (who was not indicted) was accused of allegedly paying to inflate her son's entrance exam score, as well as paying to have someone create a false profile detailing her son's athletics prowess. After being presented as a football recruit, her son was formally accepted by USC in October 2018.

While the indictment quoted Palatella as saying her son was excited at the thought of going to USC, it's unclear if he accepted his admission offer.

Peter Jan "P.J." Sartorio's son

Peter Jan "P.J." Sartorio, an executive in the package foods industry, pleaded guilty to paying for a proctor to correct his daughter's ACT scores. It's unclear if his daughter submitted the scores to any college.

Adam Semprevivo

Stephen Semprevivo, who works in the outsourced sales business, pleaded guilty to paying to falsify athletic records for his son, Adam, to help him gain admission to Georgetown. Adam enrolled at Georgetown and recently filed a lawsuit against the school to prevent them from disciplining him academically.

His lawyers confirmed he was one of the two students who Georgetown dismissed.

Dylan Sidoo and Jordan Sidoo

David Sidoo pleaded not guilty to charges related to paying someone to take the SAT exam for each of his two sons. In 2012, his older son was accepted at Chapman University and his younger son was accepted at the University of California-Berkeley in 2014.

Both Dylan and Jordan graduated from their respective universities before the indictments were announced.

Devin Sloane's Son

Former Canadian Football League player turned executive Devin Sloane pleaded guilty to paying to falsify his son's athletic records to portray him as a water polo player despite not playing the sport competitively. His application included Photoshopped images of him playing water polo and he was formally accepted at USC in March 2018.

It's unclear if his son accepted his admission to USC and if he was enrolled at the time of the indictments.

John Wilson's Children

Private equity firm CEO John Wilson was charged in the scandal and the indictment alleged he paid for his son's athletic profile to be embellished to gain admittance to USC. His son was admitted as a water polo player in 2014 but withdrew from the team after his first semester.

Wilson also allegedly paid an additional $500,000 to secure spots for his two daughters at Harvard University and Stanford University. He pleaded not guilty.

Homayoun Zadeh's Daughter

Homayoun Zadeh, an associate professor of dentistry, allegedly paid thousands of dollars to have a fake lacrosse profile created for his daughter, who was presented to admissions officials at USC as a lacrosse recruit. Zadeh's daughter expressed concerns she did not get in on her own merit, according to the indictment.

It's unclear if she was enrolled in classes at USC when her father was charged for his alleged role in the scandal. He pleaded not guilty in April.

Amber Zangrillo

Robert Zangrillo's daughter Amber's application to USC was initially rejected, according to the indictment. However, she was later accepted as a transfer student who was recruited to row on the school's crew team. Her application included references to her extensive crew experience, despite not having rowed competitively.

Robert, founder and CEO of Miami-based investment firm Dragon Global, also allegedly paid to have someone take classes for Amber to help facilitate her acceptance to USC as a transfer student.

In 2018, she posted on Facebook that she started school at USC. If she was enrolled in classes at the time of the indictments, she likely is unable to withdraw or register for classes until she agrees to participate in a review.

Correction: An earlier version of this story mistakenly said that William E. McGlashan Jr.'s son was admitted to USC. He withdrew his application before any admission decisions were made.