School subpoenaed amid college cheating scandal

Amid the college admissions cheating scandal, the school received subpoenas to provide prosecutors with records of two alumni March 14, Head of Communications Ari Engelberg ’89 said.

The scandal broke March 12, when U.S. Federal Prosecutors from the District of Massachusetts indicted more than 50 people for participating in a scheme to gain admission for their children into prestigious universities, according to CNN. William Rick Singer, the college counselor who orchestrated the scheme, allegedly helped wealthy students cheat on standardized testing and compile fake sports recruitment profiles.

“Harvard-Westlake has a large and very skilled team of full-time college counselors, and so it is not the school’s practice to recommend the services of independent college counselors,” Engelberg said in a press release for the Los Angeles Times. “However, in the wake of the revelations in Tuesday’s indictments, Harvard-Westlake is conducting an internal review to fully understand the scope of any relationship that William Singer may have had with our families. We will also provide any information that authorities request that will help them with their continuing investigation. Harvard-Westlake has an unwavering commitment to integrity and fairness in the college admissions process.”

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