An out lesbian athletic director at the University of Southern California has been fired for her part in the US college admissions scandal.
USC fired Senior Associate Athletic Director Donna Heinel after she was indicted in federal court in Massachusetts, according to the LA Times.
Heinel reportedly took more than US$1.3 million in bribes to help parents get their children into USC as ‘athletes’ if their grades were not high enough.
Federal prosecutors say more than 50 people took part in the multi-million dollar scheme.
It involved cheating on standardized tests and bribing college coaches and school officials to accept students as college athletes.
Actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman are among the dozens of parents facing federal charges.
Staff at nine elite schools as well as exam administrators are also under investigation.
Parents paid tens of thousands of dollars to get their children into elite schools.
The FBI has said CEO of college admissions prep company called The Key, William Rick Singer, is behind the scheme.
Heinel was USC athletics’ chief administrative officer and senior women’s administrator.
Heinel is married to a woman and has two young children. She is the only school administrator indicted in the nationwide probe.
In 2017, Heinel spear-headed efforts at USC that led it receiving a perfect score from Athlete Ally for LGBTQ inclusive sport spaces.
She was also credited with revitalizing the LGBT athletic committee at USC.
In 2016, the committee distributed rainbow ‘We are SC’ rainbow t-shirts for Coming Out Day.
Author: Rik Glauert
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