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Petition Asks Georgetown to Rescind Degrees, Admission of Those Connected to Bribery Scheme

March 20, 2019

A petition with more than 15,000 signatures calls for Georgetown University to rescind degrees and admission of alumni and students connected to the nationwide alleged college admission bribery scheme.

Georgetown alumnus Mickey Lee also requested a written public apology in the online petition that is as of Wednesday morning about 200 signatures shy of its 16,000-signature goal.

The university was connected to the scheme that featured Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman through its former tennis coach. Gordie Ernst, who previously coached men’s and women’s tennis at Georgetown, allegedly accepted $2.7 million in bribes in exchange for admitting purported student athletes.

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Ernst is accused of admitting 12 students as tennis recruits, even though some didn’t play tennis competitively.

Lee called for the university to act upon his request because he anticipates “history will repeat unless there are direct consequences coming from the university.” He also said leaving the students who weren’t admitted through the traditional admission process “degrades the standards and prestige of Georgetown University” and damages the school’s reputation.

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WIAD has contacted Georgetown for comment.

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