The New Paper

November 13, 2020

Appeals court rules that Harvard did not discriminate against Asian American applicants

A federal appeals court ruled that Harvard does not discriminate against Asian American students in its admissions process, upholding a lower court ruling from last year. The ruling notes that Harvard’s “limited use of race in its admissions process” is consistent with the requirements of Supreme Court precedent. The decision is expected to be appealed.

More context: The lawsuit was originally filed in 2014 by the Students for Fair Admissions, an organization that is seeking to remove race or ethnicity from the college admissions process. Harvard has denied accusations of discrimination in its admissions process.

Extra: The ruling comes amid increasing scrutiny on college admissions practices, including a DOJ statement in August accusing Yale University of discriminating against Asian American and white applicants.

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