The registration documents released by a court case on Tuesday were first reported by the Los Angeles Times. They were filed in the Massachusetts district court by Martin Weinberg, an attorney for Robert Zangrillo, to show that his client was following an admission practice established at the USC.
Heinel, released by the USC in March, did not plead guilty to indictment. Her attorney Nina Marino told the Los Angeles Times in a statement that the emails were "an aspect of USC approval directly related to donations," and Heinel said "this system was not created."
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CNN has also received the court records containing emails exchanged between the admissions staff of the USC College and the parents of prospective students. One of the e-mails contains a table titled "Cumulative Special Interest List 2012-2015" listing Special Interest Applicants and a column describing families who have donated money to USC in the past and where they can potentially donate money in the future.
The table does not indicate whether potential or past donations have influenced the decisions of the USC Admissions Office. However, emails between Heinel, who was the Senior Associate Athletic Director of USC at that time, and Timothy Brunold, USC Dean for Admissions, seem to indicate that the earlier donations from families have influenced the approval decisions.
In an e-mail from 2014, Heinel Brunold asks if there's room for a mid-year transfer and adds, "To be transparent – our charitable initiative is funded by the [redacted] foundation – that's the daughter. " After a follow-up Brunold answers that he was "only instructed to admit this student to the spring term". In an e-mail from 2018, Heinel Brunold asks to change his decision for an applicant and mentions that "the family helped build the foundation for many USC projects and initiatives." Brunold writes that he will change the approval decision.
According to the Los Angeles Times report, attorney Martin Weinberg, who filed the documents in court, wrote that the records "demonstrate the existence of a university-wide program at USC … where previous donations, pledges of future donations, or expectation Future donations based on the university's belief in a parent's resources will greatly affect the chances of gaining admission for a potential student. "
The Los Angeles Times also reported that the spokeswoman for the USC stated that the USC's spokesman said School does not conceal the fact that campus officials may mark certain applicants for special attention by the admissions office, but that the admissions office alone decides which students will be admitted to the USC.