Harvard Discrimination Trial Headed to Court
A lawsuit alleging that Harvard University's admissions practice discriminates against Asian Americans is officially headed to trial after a judge overseeing the case rejected motions from both sides Friday asking to rule on their behalf. A Boston federal judge says there's still too much in dispute. Students For Fair Admissions filed the suit in 2014 alleging Asian American applicants have the best academic records but the lowest admission rate among any race. Harvard denies any bias and says it considers race only as one of many factors in deciding which students to admit. The bench trial is scheduled to begin October 15th. We told you last week that Yale University has come under fire for near-identical allegations and the Departments of Justice and Education are investigating its admissions process for possible discrimination as well. The 2016 complaint was filed by the Asian American Coalition for Education acting in concert with a coalition of 132 other Asian American groups. In that complaint, Yukong Zhao, President of the Coalition, charged that Yale, Brown University, and Dartmouth College all "unfairly denied admission to Asian-American applicants by treating them differently based on their race during the admissions process." Harvard has not commented on the federal probe into Yale’s admissions process. However, many anticipate this case will likely land in the Supreme Court. More here.