Stanford University has expelled a female student who “fabricated sailing credentials” in her college application, quietly announcing in a short statement posted on its website Tuesday that the student’s admission has been rescinded after the university confirmed “some of the material in the student’s application is false.”
The university has previously said the student was admitted through the university’s normal process, without the recommendation of disgraced sailing coach John Vandemoer or any other university coach or athletic team. The $500,000 contribution to the sailing program was made “several months after the student was admitted,” Stanford said in a statement March 21.
Of the three applicants known to be associated with the admissions scheme, the female student expelled was the only one to be admitted.
“Any credits earned have also been vacated. The student is no longer on Stanford’s campus,” according to the university’s statement posted on April 2.
News of the student’s expulsion was first reported by Stanford Daily, the university’s student paper, on Sunday.
A spokesperson for Stanford did not immediately return a request for comment Sunday evening.
Vandemoer was fired after he pleaded guilty in March to one count of conspiracy to commit racketeering, admitting that he agreed to hold open admission spots, reserved for athletic recruiting, for two other applicants who falsely claimed to be competitive sailors.
Neither of those two students completed the admissions process and were not actually admitted to the school, according to Stanford.
According to federal court transcripts from Vandemoer’s plea hearing, the female student applied in late 2016 and “was ultimately accepted to Stanford partly due to the fact that she had fabricated sailing credentials,” falsified by William Rick Singer, the man at the center of the scheme who used a fake charity to funnel bribes and donations to schools.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Rosen, one of the federal prosecutors on the case, told a judge that Vandemoer did not help the student’s “application in any material way.”
Vandemoer wasn’t charged in connection with the female student or the payment, and his lawyers say there is no evidence to show he did anything to help that student get into the elite school.
“I’m telling you, he did nothing,” Rob Fisher, his attorney, told this news organization in March.