William Rick Singer instigated and ran a criminal conspiracy to assist interested parents in…
William Rick Singer instigated and ran a criminal conspiracy to assist interested parents
in getting their children into the highest-ranked colleges. Singer took money from the parents to inflate
entrance test scores, bribe various college officials and coaches, and to line his own pockets. Once
confronted by the FBI, Singer pled guilty and then assisted the authorities in bringing his collaborators,
parents and school officials to justice. Some defendants have plea-bargained with prosecutors, some have
received prison time and fines as part of their pleas, and others are defending their cases against the U.S.
Department of Justice.
Your task is to SIMAC in essay format the facts you have witnessed in Operation Varsity
Blues (both on film and in print). Focusing on the SIMAC elements, this scandal is loaded with
Stakeholders, clear-cut yet complex Issues involving various key Individuals or groups of same,
Corporate issues implicating the structural integrity (or lack thereof) of the “high end” universities in
America, as well as the related and overarching Systemic faults revealed by these facts. Use what you have
learned about ethical standards and moral blame (and its mitigation) to describe how the actions of those
involved implicated and perhaps violated those standards, who had moral blame for any harm caused, who
was able to mitigate their own moral blame, and finally, by which ethical standard was the scandal
In short, start by summarizing the overall Issue and then analyze who has a Stake in that
Issue, the individual, corporate and systemic considerations, and then apply your 4 Models and morality
to the overall case. Your conclusion should select and briefly argue for which model you think best
informs us how to solve the scandal, specifically and systemically.