WEST LAFAYETTE – A little more than a week after an admissions bribery scandal at some of America’s elite universities, Purdue finished a self-imposed audit to check for so-called “side doors” wealthy parents used to slip their kids onto coveted campuses.

The upshot of the internal review finished Tuesday on the West Lafayette campus, according to Purdue admissions officials: What happened at the University of Southern California, Yale, Georgetown and a half-dozen other schools hasn’t happened at Purdue.

President Mitch Daniels first mentioned the audit publicly Monday, when he was pressed about the number of admissions slots the university allowed its various coaches, given that much of the U.S. Department of Justice case centered on coaches accused of taking big payouts in exchange of identifying students as athletes they were recruiting. The federal allegation is that the students – many of whom had no experience to match the rowing or soccer teams they supposedly were being targeted to join – got special treatment in admissions offices because of their so-called athletic skills.

“That’s an excellent question, and we – I hope you’re not surprised – asked it instantly upon learning of events elsewhere,” Daniels told faculty members of the University Senate, the first time the body had met since charges were filed March 12 against 50 people in a criminal investigation called “Operation Varsity Blues.”

Daniels said he’d authorized the audit, first suggested by Purdue’s Athletics Compliance office, going back to 2012.

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