Rigged Admissions: Tokyo Medical University Scandal

Tokyo Medical University said Wednesday it will admit some of the applicants who were rejected in 2017 and 2018 due to a rigged admissions process, but its president did not state whether there was gender discrimination in the process.


Of 101 students who were unfairly rejected, up to 63 may be able to attend classes starting from next year if they desire, the university said. There were 32 affected applicants from last year and 69 from this year, many of them women.

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“We were notified that we acted inappropriately on matters relating to entrance exams. We deeply apologize to everyone who was affected,” Yukiko Hayashi, who became the university’s first woman president after the scandal came to light this summer, said at a press conference.


An independent committee report said in October that 69 applicants who took the general entrance exam and a common admission test used by most universities in 2017 and 2018 could have made it for admission if the process had been fair. Of these at least 55 were women.


The university admitted in August it had been deducting points from exam scores for over 10 years to curb the enrollment of women as well as men who had failed the exam previously.



Hayashi said she “could not state whether there was clear gender discrimination” as she was not part of the admissions committee, when asked about an alleged comment by the previous committee chairman that he preferred to increase male admission in 2018 as more female applicants had been admitted in the previous year.


In the wake of the discovery, the university has created a new ranking system to determine admission and provide another opportunity for the affected applicants to attend from the next school year. The system will rank already enrolled students and the affected applicants who are interested in attending. Students will be admitted going down the ranks until the university reaches full capacity.


Under the new system, up to 63 applicants would possibly be eligible for admission even if all 101 applicants desire to enroll, the university said. The university is trying to identify which of the affected applicants are still interested in enrolling. They have until the end of November to make their interest known.


Reference: Tokyo Medical Univ. to accept applicants rejected in rigged admissions


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