UVA Conducting Full Audit of Athletic Program
Hollywood actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman were among 50 people charged back in March in connection with a $25 million college entrance exam cheating scheme. The alleged scam focused on getting students admitted to universities as recruited athletes, regardless of their athletic abilities, and helping potential students cheat on their college exams, according to the indictment.
UVA spokesperson Anthony P. de Bruyn says there is no evidence to suggest that the university is implicated in any similar wrongdoing, and that this audit is a precautionary measure.
"There has been considerable focus and discussion of college and university admission procedures following the recent federal investigation.
NBC News reported authorities had uncovered a network of wealthy parents who paid thousands of dollars to a California man who boosted their children's chances of gaining entrance into elite colleges, such as Yale and Stanford.
While UVA was not implicated in that investigation, the Office of [Undergraduate Admission] routinely reviews its procedures to make sure they are in line with best practices, and the Athletics Department also monitors its programs, coaches and staff as part of its compliance effort," he said in a statement to NBC29.
The university would not make anyone available for on on-camera interview for this article.
In a written response, de Bruyn declined to specify how far back the audit will go back, but confirms it will look at all of the school’s varsity teams: “We are also in the process of conducting a thorough internal review of the procedures by which we consider the admission of student-athletes, including conducting team roster audits for all of our varsity teams."
UVA has also declined to say how many student records may be involved, what the criteria are for determining if there's a problem, and what the budget is for the review.
"The review is being conducted internally by staff and includes all of the teams within Athletics. We will be in a better position to share additional information once the review is complete sometime this summer," de Bruyn wrote.
The University of Virginia says this audit and review will "help ensure integrity of the admissions process."
So far, 14 parents have agreed to admit to allegations in the national case, while 19 other parents are fighting the charges.
NBC News contributed to this article.