Litigation is challenging the admission policies of Harvard University, which it says uses racial preferences when admitting students.
The suit alleges the Ivy League institution “is engaging in a campaign of invidious discrimination by strictly limiting the number of Asian Americans it will admit each year and by engaging in racial balancing year after year.” The suit says such behavior violates federal civil rights law.
It’s not the first time Harvard has faced such allegations. In 2012, the U.S. Education Department probed complaints that Harvard discriminated against Asian Americans in undergraduate admissions, according to Bloomberg.
The plaintiff in the suit is Students for Fair Admissions, which is a nonprofit that includes students denied admission to Harvard, as well as parents of the rejected applicants.
The plaintiff’s complaint asserts that data and analysis “strongly suggests that white, African-American, and Hispanic applicants are given racial preferences over better qualified Asian-Americans applying for admission to Harvard.”
Harvard did not respond to a request for comment.