Learn from Aunt Becky: Money and Fame Won't Protect Your College Student
By: Kurth Lampe
According to Kohrman Jackson & Krantz LLP Student & Athlete Defense Partners Susan C. Stone and Kristina Walter Supler, notably absent from media reports is any discussion about what could happen to the students who were admitted to colleges and universities based upon fabricated credentials. Let's be honest – no one feels sorry for the wealthy celebrities who thought the rules didn't apply to them. But we need to consider the impact their poor choices could have on their children's lives. No one is asserting that the students are innocent. After all, these students are old enough to know right from wrong and make independent choices. But we all know teenagers don't always predict consequences, especially when led by their parents down a deceitful path. As lawyers who defend students nationwide on various misconduct matters, Stone and Supler anticipate that those students are not just collateral damage to this fraud, but that they too will suffer greatly as a result of lies told.
"Colleges and universities all have codes of conduct that demand academic integrity—as they should," remarked Stone. "Given the breadth of most schools' policies, institutions impacted by this fraud will likely initiate disciplinary proceedings against students admitted based on fabricated credentials. Students may face revocation of their college acceptance or even expulsion."
What does this mean for future academic opportunities?
Stone and Supler note that these students will not be able to retain any scholarships or other positions of leadership. Indeed, all prior notations of awards or acceptances into scholar's programs will also be revoked. For those students who are athletes, they will be removed from teams. Further, Greek organizations that accepted these students as pledges or active members of fraternities or sororities may also consider de-pledging or deactivating those students.
"The fallout stemming from competitive parents' desire for their children to attend the best school possible will affect entire futures," said Stone. "Students who could have been on a bright path will have to answer to this fraud for years to come." Added Supler, "Even future employers who learn about this public scandal will question the credibility of these students. No doubt, even names will be released on social media and reputations ruined."
And what about legal consequences?
"Sadly," added Stone, "this is a case of the apples rotting with the tree."