Harvard University faces lawsuit over admission policies

Harvard University faces lawsuit over admission policies

Harvard University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have been sued by a nonprofit advocacy group for limiting the applications from qualified Asian American applications. The universities face lawsuits in Boston and Greensboro, N.C.

The Project on Fair Representation has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Asian students rejected by the universities. Edward Blum from the Project on Fair Representation has blamed the universities for favoring certain racial groups.

Princeton sociologists conducted a study in 2009 to check the SAT scores needed by students of different racial groups to secure admission in courses. Asian American applicants need higher than 1460 SAT score for admission compared to 1320 for White students. The SAT score for successful applications for Hispanics stood at 1190 and 1010 for Black students. The lawsuit has cited the Princeton study.

Harvard has defended its admission policy. In an emailed statement, Robert Iuliano, Harvard's general counsel, said, “The College considers each applicant through an individualized, holistic review having the goal of creating a vibrant academic community that exposes students to a wide-range of differences: background, ideas, experiences, talents and aspirations.”

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has also defended its admission policy. The university administration confirmed that the admission policy is fully compliant with the federal law.

The lawsuit has asked the court to stop Harvard and UNC to consider the race of candidates during undergraduate admission process. In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court had ruled that the schools should be able to provide enough evidence that they used ‘race-neutral’ process during admissions to ensure racial diversity in the students group.

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