The Ivy League college is being sued by the SFFA
Harvard University has denied claims that it discriminates against Asian American applicants.
As reported by Bloomberg, Harvard University had denied claims that the school discriminates against Asian Americans.
Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) is suing the Ivy League school, claiming that it “engages in racial balancing, uses race as far more than a ‘plus’ factor, and has no interest in exploring race-neutral alternatives”.
Harvard has rejected the claims, saying that the SFFA offered a “misleading narrative” based on “cherry-picked” documents
“The evidence fails to show — let alone beyond dispute — that Harvard intentionally discriminates against Asian-American applicants,” the school said.
The US Justice department also suspected the university of discrimination and threatened to sue if it did not hand over documents. Harvard complied and submitted the documentation in December 2017.
“Students for Fair Admissions looks forward to presenting our case at trial in October at which time the remaining redacted data, memos, emails and depositions Harvard refuses to disclose will be made public during testimony,” SFFA’s president, Edward Blum, said in an emailed statement.
Harvard said the evidence presented did not support the claim of “racial balancing” and that its racial composition of freshmen “fluctuates significantly” annually.
For its class of 2022, women represented 50.1 percent of those accepted; African-Americans 15.5 percent; Latinos 12.2 percent; and Native Americans 2 percent. Asian-Americans made up a record 22.7 percent of the class.