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Georgetown to Expel 2 Students Linked to Admissions Scandal

The students are linked to an admissions scandal involving the school's former tennis coach

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    Georgetown to Expel 2 Students Linked to Admissions Scandal

    News4's Chris Gordon asks students and parents if they think Georgetown University did the right thing expelling two students over falsified applications and payments for admission. (Published Thursday, May 16, 2019)

    Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., says it is expelling two students linked to an admissions scandal involving the school's former tennis coach.

    Former coach Gordon Ernst has pleaded not guilty to accepting $2.7 million in bribes to designate at least 12 applicants as tennis recruits, whether or not they played the sport.

    Spokeswoman Meghan Dubyak says Ernst was put on leave in 2017 when Georgetown found credential irregularities for two of the recruits.

    News outlets report the Jesuit school declined to release the students' identities Wednesday, citing privacy rules.

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    But student Adam Semprevivo sued the school Wednesday, hoping to block his expulsion. His father has pleaded guilty to paying $400,000 to help him get into the college as a tennis recruit.

    An affadavit alleged that Adam recieved an essay for his application that outlined supposed experience playing tennis. He had not joined the tennis team before his expulsion, News4 reported.

    Adam says his academic achievement proves he is qualified.

    “Knowing what we know about the payments and them getting in under false pretenses, I feel that Georgetown is acting appropriately expelling them,” said Aiden McAleer, a graduating student.