Stanford statement on federal charges against sailing coach
Stanford has been cooperating with the Department of Justice in its investigation. The head coach of the Stanford sailing team has been terminated.
The U.S. Department of Justice today charged a number of people around the country in an alleged scheme in which payments were made to try to win the admission of prospective students to a number of U.S. colleges and universities. Stanford’s head sailing coach was among those charged in the case.
Stanford has been cooperating with the Department of Justice in its investigation and is deeply concerned by the allegations in this case. The university and its athletics programs have the highest expectations of integrity and ethical conduct. The head coach of the Stanford sailing team has been terminated.
The charges state that sailing head coach John Vandemoer accepted financial contributions to the sailing program from an intermediary in exchange for agreeing to recommend two prospective students for admission to Stanford. Neither student came to Stanford. However, the alleged behavior runs completely counter to Stanford’s values.
Based on the Department of Justice investigation to date, we have no evidence that the alleged conduct involves anyone else at Stanford or is associated with any other team. However, we will be undertaking an internal review to confirm that.
Update on admission officer
Some of you may have read recently the distressing news about an admission officer at Stanford who was arrested in San Francisco and charged with several serious crimes. We want to assure applicants and their parents that we have worked quickly to respond to this matter and to ensure that our undergraduate admission process continues normally this year.
Admission officers engage in outreach to prospective students and review applications from candidates who apply. Our process has numerous checks and balances, and all admission officers have transferable abilities to ensure they are able to review any candidates who are assigned to them from anywhere in the world. Intensive training, norming and a rigorous committee process are all important parts of our review.
The individual was placed on leave immediately after the university learned of this matter, and he has no access to campus facilities or online platforms and systems. Our admission staff has completely assumed all responsibilities that previously had been assigned to the individual in this matter. Every application to Stanford receives a rigorous level of consideration. Candidates for fall 2019 admission can be assured this will be the case again this year.
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