The controversy centering around a number of prestige colleges and 50+ elite people has continued to escalate in recent days. After news broke that dozens of people were involved in a massive college admissions scandal, the universities have been in the process of determining how they will handle the alleged students who were admitted on behalf of their parents' bribes.
Actress Lori Loughlin, 54, is arguably the most widely recognized name involved in the scandal. As previously reported, the "Full House" star allegedly paid $500,000 in exchange for her two daughters, 19-year-old Olivia Jade Giannulli and 20-year-old Isabella Rose Giannulli, getting into the University of Southern California.
Loughlin, among other elite parents such as actress Felicity Huffman, is being charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud. This felony charge reportedly carries up to a $250,000 fine and a possibility of up to 20 years in prison. However, it is unlikely that these celebrities will get punished with that dramatic of a sentence.
Now that action has already been taken against the culprits, students are also facing repercussions. USC placed an academic block on students involved in the scandal, including Lori Loughlin’s two daughters.
Students will reportedly not be able to enroll in classes for upcoming semesters or have access to their transcripts. The private university confirmed the news in a public statement on Tuesday, March 19th.
Loughlin’s youngest daughter, Olivia Jade, does not plan to return to USC amidst the highly publicized scandal. It is unclear if her older sister will. Additionally, Jade has been dropped by several beauty brands.
Some reports have insisted the universities are considering expulsion. However, that penalty has not been confirmed as of Tuesday afternoon.
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