A spokesman for the University of Texas said, “Like many students and families across the country, we are also outraged that parents, outside actors and university employees may have committed fraud surrounding admissions at universities.”
“The University of Texas has a thorough, holistic admissions process. The actions alleged by federal prosecutors against one UT employee were not in line with that policy and may have been criminal,” the spokesman said. “They do not reflect our admissions process.”
Stanford University spokesman E.J. Miranda said, “The suit is under review.”
Lawyers for Olsen and Woods, as well as spokesmen for the six other universities, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The lawsuit comes on the heels of a tsunami of media coverage of the criminal charges against “Desperate Housewives” star Huffman and “Full House” actress Loughlin, as well as against the other well-heeled defendants.
Huffman, according to federal authorities, “made a purported charitable contribution of $15,000 … to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her eldest daughter. “
She was also accused of paying someone to proctor her daughter’s SAT and correct wrong answers.
Loughlin, who was released on $1 million bail on Wednesday, is accused with her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, of paying a total of $500,000 in bribes to get their two daughters admitted to the USC.