Court Considers Whether Harvard Discriminates During Its Admissions Process

by Penka Arsova
LaCorte News

A federal appeals court on Wednesday heard oral arguments in the case that accused Harvard University’s admission process of discriminating against Asian American students.

The story: The prosecution and the defense in the case presented their arguments before the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel.

William Consovoy, a lawyer for the non-profit Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA), told the judging panel that Harvard admitted Asian Americans at lower rates, compared to other groups, despite having higher scores. He also argued that admissions officials in the school gave Asian Americans lower personal scores based on stereotypes, the Wall Street Journal reported.

U.S. Justice Department lawyer Eric Dreiband made the case that Harvard gave “no serious consideration of race-neutral alternatives” in adopting their current admission process.

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