08 February 2011

Villanova Law admits lying about admitted students' academic credentials

So the big news in local law schools today is that Villanova Law, formerly led by a dean who was cheating on his wife by patronizing a prostitution ring in Chester County, has admitted lying about its admitted students' academic credentials:
Villanova University said Monday that its law school had inflated grade point averages and other admissions data, which figure into a school's national rankings, for an unspecified number of years before 2010.

The university said it had launched an internal investigation into the matter.
The lies include false figures for incoming students' GPAs and LSAT scores. The school says that the false data -- which they're calling "inaccurate" and "inflated," as opposed to "fake" -- was released during the leadership of that previous dean:
The falsified data appear to have occurred under the administration of Mark Sargent, the former dean of the Villanova law school. Sargent stepped down in June 2009 amid disclosures that he had been cooperating with police in a Kennett Square prostitution investigation. Sargent was one of two customers who provided information to police that resulted in a no-contest plea by the man running the ring. Sargent was not charged.
The school pinky-swears that data released about the current first-year class is absolutely truthful for reals. After all, the school has "a tradition of respect for human dignity" that "inspires [the school] to provide a professional education that emphasizes honesty, integrity and responsibility."

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