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Federal Court Rules that Harvard's Admission Policy Does Not Violate the Constitution

A federal court ruled yesterday that Harvard University's race-conscious admissions policy does not violate the Constitution. The university had been sued by an organization called Students for Fair Admissions, alleging that the institution's race-conscious admission policy discriminated against Asian American students.


From the Harvard Crimson: the judge "determined the University was not liable on all four counts of alleged wrongdoing: intentionally discriminating against Asian Americans, engaging in racial balancing, using race as a determinative factor in admissions decisions, and inadequately exploring race-neutral alternatives to achieve diversity."


From Inside Higher Education: "Edward Blum, the president of Students for Fair Admissions, which sued Harvard, said, 'Students for Fair Admissions is disappointed that the court has upheld Harvard’s discriminatory admissions policies. We believe that the documents, emails, data analysis and depositions SFFA presented at trial compellingly revealed Harvard’s systematic discrimination against Asian-American applicants.'"


The Chronicle of Higher Education's coverage indicates that the case "may still end up before the U.S. Supreme Court."

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