On Tuesday, March 12, an indictment was filed in a federal court in Boston accusing one Wake Forest employee, volleyball coach Bill Ferguson, of accepting a payment to influence the admission of a prospective student who had been placed on the waitlist. The indictment was part of the Investigations of College Admissions and Testing Bribery Scheme by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Here is a collection of the statements Wake Forest University has made to date:
March 12 (morning): Wake Forest suspends volleyball coach
March 12 (afternoon): Update on college athletic admissions investigation – On Tuesday morning, Wake Forest announced it had placed volleyball coach Bill Ferguson on administrative leave. On Tuesday afternoon, president Nathan O. Hatch sent a message to the Wake Forest community.
March 13: President Hatch: Updates on college athletic admissions investigation – This message addresses some of the most frequent questions related to the U.S. Department of Justice investigation.
March 18: A message from President Hatch – Among other next steps, Wake Forest University President Nathan Hatch is redirecting the $50,000 received from the Key Worldwide Foundation to the Magnolia Scholars program in support of first-generation college students.
August 22: Ferguson resigns as Wake Forest volleyball coach