where in the article does it mention "feds are interested:?
By Iron Mike on 11:44:03 09/10/19
[In reply to "USC is in SERIOUS Trouble" by WolfBuck, posted at 08:29:44 09/10/19]
I am unaware of any section of the U.S. Code which prohibits private colleges from taking donations from parents into account when determining admissions decisions.
There only thing I've heard of in the way of a penalty is a proposal from Democrat Sen. Ron Wyden to strip tax breaks and possibly grants from schools which can be proven to practice quid pro quo admissions for donations.
It is illegal for private individuals who are involved in the admissions process to put money into their own pockets in order to have their decisions and actions influenced, and for people to offer money. That is the crime of bribery. Likewise, taking money to fake a student's academic or athletic accomplishments in high school is fraud, as well as bribery. To my understanding, the federal investigations are focusing on that issue.