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Statements from UCLA and UCLA Athletics regarding Department of Justice investigation

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Update posted March 13, 2019:

UCLA is reviewing the allegations in the Department of Justice’s filings yesterday as they relate to admissions decisions. 

We take the integrity of our admission process and the authenticity of the application data we consider very seriously. All students applying to a UC campus must sign a statement certifying the validity and accuracy of all information related to their application. That requirement is also summarized in UC’s Statement of Application Integrity: https://admissions.universityofcalifornia.edu/docs/StatementOfIntegrity.pdf.

If UCLA discovers that any prospective, admitted or enrolled student has misrepresented any aspect of his/her application, or that information about the applicant has been withheld, UCLA may take a number of disciplinary actions, up to and including cancellation of admission.

 

Joint statement by UCLA and UCLA Athletics posted March 12, 2019:

The U.S. Department of Justice announced this morning a criminal case naming UCLA men’s soccer head coach Jorge Salcedo as a defendant, and notified UCLA that it is a potential victim of a fraudulent scheme. Coach Salcedo has been placed on leave and will have no involvement with the soccer team while this matter is under review. Assistant coaches Matt Taylor and Phil Marfuggi will lead the team in his absence.

The conduct alleged in the filings revealed today is deeply disturbing and in contrast with the expectations we have of our coaches to lead their teams with honesty and integrity. If the facts alleged are true, they represent a grave departure from the ethical standards we set for ourselves and the people who work here.

UCLA is not aware of any current student-athletes who are under suspicion. The university is cooperating with the Department of Justice and will conduct its own review to determine the proper steps to take to address this matter.

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