Harvard University is investigated by the US Department of Justice over racial criteria on admission


Harvard is accused of discriminating against Asian-Americans. A lawsuit was filed by Students For Fair Admission on behalf of the students. The department is investigating Harvard for potential civil rights violations over its affirmative action policy. “No American should be denied admission to school because of their race,” US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. It was claimed Harvard preferred white, black and Hispanic applicants, some less qualified than Asian-American students, and that it consistently ranked Asian-American applicants lowest on personal traits such as likeability.

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The university denies the claim but the department says Harvard has failed to prove that it does not discriminate on the basis of race. It said the evidence in the lawsuit brought by non-profit group Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) showed Harvard’s admissions process “significantly disadvantages” academically strong Asian-Americans compared with other groups. Asian-Americans currently make up 22.2% of students admitted to the university, according to the university website. The statement of interest filed by the Justice Department opposes Harvard’s request to dismiss the lawsuit before trial. The University said the justice department’s investigation is “highly irregular”. The Supreme Court permits colleges and universities to consider race in admissions decisions, but says that must be done in a narrowly tailored way to promote diversity and should be limited in time.


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