Stanford students disappointed amid admissions scheme allegations


STANFORD (KRON) — On the Stanford campus on Tuesday, administration and students are reacting to this admissions and bribery scandal.

It appears that only one person, the former head sailing coach, was involved in this scandal.

The coach, John Vandemoer, is accused of accepting financial payments through an intermediary in exchange for giving positive recommendations on the applications of two students.

The university said on Tuesday that Vandermoer has been terminated. His profile was removed from the school’s website.

The two students involved were never actually admitted to the school.

Stanford is a difficult school to get into and difficult to stay in — and students today say they are disappointed by this scandal.

“You hate to hear about these things, especially when people work hard to get to the place where they are. When people cheat, it’s quite disappointing,” said one Stanford student.

Another student believes the whole thing is unfair.

“Obviously this is unfair. The pessimistic side of me feels that this is super hard to combat, so I’m glad the story is out there,” the student said. “I suspect it’s happening much more than just here and more than we know. It’s not a good feeling.”

The university released a statement today saying, “Based on the Department of Justice investigation to date, we have no evidence that the alleged conduct involves anyone else at Stanford or is associated with any other team. However, we will be undertaking an internal review to confirm that.”

Vandermoer was expected to appear in court today and plead guilty to bribery charges.

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