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USC suspends registration for students who may be tied to bribery scheme

The University of Southern California (USC) is suspending the registration of students who may be connected with an admissions scandal in which wealthy parents are accused of using bribes to get their children into coveted schools.

The university confirmed in a statement that it is reviewing the status of students who may be connected with the scheme and has blocked them from registering classes or acquiring transcripts until the review is complete.

"A case-by-case review of current students who may be connected to the alleged scheme is also underway," the school said in a statement posted on their website and last updated Monday. "We will make informed decisions about those cases as the reviews are completed."

The university did not specify how many current students it suspected were involved in the scheme or identify any by name.

Last week, the Justice Department announced the indictment of more than 40 people in connection with the scheme, including actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman.

Justice Department officials allege participants bribed coaches to get students admitted as athletic recruits and paid people to help cheat on entrance exams. More than half of the 33 parents named in the indictment, including Loughlin, were the parents of USC applicants.

Yale University, which also was targeted by the scheme, told USA Today that while the university does not comment on individual disciplinary actions, "our longstanding policy is to rescind the admissions of students who falsified their Yale College applications."

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