Student enmeshed in US college admissions scandal sues school

Georgetown University is one of a number of American higher education institutes that are embroiled in a admissions scandal. (AFP pic/Getty Images)

NEW YORK: A Georgetown University undergraduate whose father pleaded guilty to involvement in the US college admissions scandal sued the school on Wednesday to block it from imposing punishment, including by taking away his academic credits.

Adam Semprevivo, who just completed his junior year, accused Georgetown of depriving him of due process by refusing to let him transfer to another school with his credits intact.

He said a Georgetown lawyer told him on Tuesday he cannot withdraw until the school finishes its review, and that the school has said it will impose sanctions.

Georgetown did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The lawsuit was filed in the federal court in Washington, DC.

Semprevivo’s father, Stephen Semprevivo, pleaded guilty on May 7 to conspiring to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud.

Prosecutors said the father agreed to pay William “Rick” Singer, the California college admissions consultant at the centre of the scandal, US$400,000 to help his son get into Georgetown.

Fifty people have been accused of involvement in the admissions scandal, in which wealthy parents used fraud to win admission for their children at American colleges.