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His dad admitted bribing his way into Georgetown; now student is suing to block expulsion

Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times on

Published in News & Features

LOS ANGELES -- The son of a Los Angeles executive who admitted paying a $400,000 bribe to secure a spot at Georgetown for his child as a tennis recruit sued the university to prevent it from kicking him out and nullifying his college credits.

Ten hours after the lawsuit landed in the federal court system early Wednesday, Georgetown University informed Adam Semprevivo, a junior at the college and the son of Stephen Semprevivo, it was rescinding his offer of admission.

"I guess the dean of admissions stayed up all night conducting the entire investigation," said David Kenner, the student's attorney.

"If they get to do this, he will lose his credits for three years at Georgetown," Kenner said, noting he had paid $200,000 for three years of classes. The attorney said the lawsuit will be amended to prevent any action by the university and to note his client's lack of due process.

The lawsuit alleges the college was seeking to academically discipline him even though he knew nothing of the bribe his father paid college consultant William "Rick" Singer.

Singer, in turn, paid Georgetown's then-tennis coach to fake documents indicating that Adam Semprevivo was a tennis recruit and let him into the elite university. The student is the first among dozens of wealthy families ensnared in the far-reaching college admissions scandal to sue a university in connection with the scam.

 

Semprevivo offered to withdraw from Georgetown if he could keep his credits for his work there over three years. According to the lawsuit filed in Washington, D.C., federal court, Georgetown's legal counsel told Semprevivo on Tuesday the school would not agree to that deal. The lawsuit seeks an injunction preventing the school from expelling him.

Georgetown declined to comment on the pending litigation but a spokeswoman said Wednesday that two students were informed of the university's intent "to rescind their admission and dismiss them from Georgetown."

Meghan Dubyak acknowledged that in 2017 the admissions office discovered irregularities in the athletic credentials of two students who were being recruited to play tennis, although neither student was admitted.

Following the federal indictments earlier this year in connection with the college admissions scandal, Georgetown began reviewing newly available information related to the scheme, she said.

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