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Williamsser
May 26th, 2007, 07:49 AM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070526/ap_on_re_us/stanford_impostor

PALO ALTO, Calif. - Stanford University officials said they were investigating claims that a young woman passed herself off as a student, talked her way into several dormitories and lived on campus for eight months.

The university would not disclose the woman's name or the circumstances surrounding her suspected ruse, but the school's student newspaper identified her as Azia Kim, 18, of Fullerton.

"We consider these allegations, if confirmed, to be a serious breach of security within the residence halls," Greg Boardman, Stanford's vice provost for student affairs, said in a news release Thursday. "We are conducting a full investigation into what occurred and how security can be improved."

The Stanford Daily, quoting one of Kim's former roommates, said the deception started last September, the day before Stanford's orientation for new students. Two sophomores agreed to let Kim stay in their room after she told them she did not like the roommate she had been assigned.

During the fall and winter terms, Kim allegedly slept in the other women's room or the lounge of the 210-resident dorm. Last month, she moved into another dorm after being referred to another student who needed a roommate.

Acquaintances said that Kim was a small, unobtrusive graduate of a well-regarded high school, and that no one doubted she was at Stanford legitimately.

"Everyone knew she was studious, and I was pretty sure she probably got accepted into other universities," said Hannah Kim, who is not related to Azia Kim but went to middle and high school with her.

Resident assistants became suspicious after comparing conflicting statements Kim allegedly gave and contacting the student housing office. Kim was confronted and escorted from campus Monday, according to the Daily.

Amy Zhou, Kim's roommate in the second dorm, said Kim apparently got into the room through the window because she never had a key. Kim told other students she was a sophomore majoring in human biology and bought textbooks and studied with friends.

"Personally, I don't feel safe now that Stanford allowed this to happen and that they're not doing anything to ensure the safety of their students," Zhou told the newspaper.

Part of the investigation by campus police and administrators is focused on finding out if Kim took classes, ate meals in the dorm cafeteria or availed herself of other services, said Elaine Ray, a Stanford spokeswoman.

The university plans to forward evidence in the case to Santa Clara County prosecutors to determine if criminal charges are warranted.

"Stanford is a remarkably caring and friendly community," Boardman said. "It is unfortunate that some may be able to take advantage of that trust for their own ends."

Property records indicate that Kim's family moved frequently over the past decade, but a current telephone number could not immediately be obtained by The Associated Press.

CooCooCachoo
May 26th, 2007, 08:15 AM
Eight months?

:worship:

Goai
May 26th, 2007, 09:00 AM
That's an extreme example. Universities are 'dumb' places anyway. People will see signs, but students are typically self-centred, and won't do a thing. Not that she did anything terrible other than live there. Stealing an education is an admirable thing anyway. So good on her!

kiwifan
May 26th, 2007, 10:13 AM
If she went to classes...

...:worship:

Monica_Rules
May 26th, 2007, 11:16 AM
LOL. I'm not suprised LOL!

Sally Struthers
May 26th, 2007, 04:11 PM
If she went to classes...

...:worship:

if she went to big lecture classes no one would ever know

croat123
May 26th, 2007, 04:19 PM
most college campuses are so open that this doesn't surprise me. anyone could walk onto my undergrad campus and get access to any part of campus 24/7

rockwithme
May 26th, 2007, 04:35 PM
this reminds me of a law & order svu epi i watched today about a woman faking her age to remain in the foster care system.

i'm surprised this girl got away with climbing into her room via windows for 8 months :lol:

hablo
May 27th, 2007, 12:52 AM
this reminds me of a law & order svu epi i watched today about a woman faking her age to remain in the foster care system.

i'm surprised this girl got away with climbing into her room via windows for 8 months :lol:

I just saw that episode the other day.
I watch way too many Law & Order (svu) reruns. :o

mckyle.
May 27th, 2007, 01:15 AM
why would someone be so desperate :lol: just apply to a college that isn't so selective next time

geoepee
May 27th, 2007, 01:28 AM
I just saw that episode the other day.
I watch way too many Law & Order (svu) reruns. :o

I watch L&O repeats just for the sound effect! (DUN DUN)

Reuchlin
May 27th, 2007, 03:16 AM
why would someone be so desperate :lol: just apply to a college that isn't so selective next time

lol

antonella
May 27th, 2007, 03:58 AM
This is sooo Stanfurd. would never happen at Cal

Sally Struthers
May 27th, 2007, 04:02 AM
This is sooo Stanfurd. would never happen at Cal

Of course not. At Berkeley they're used to people with the homeless look running around :o

piercerocks
May 27th, 2007, 04:23 AM
she didnt make it through the year?? ugh

Brett.
May 27th, 2007, 05:40 AM
I'm sure she usually goes there, just to hook up with guys! :drool: