Harvard University is reluctantly turning over records of thousands of rejected applicants in a case filed by a group alleging discrimination against Asian Americans, reports Harvard Magazine.
Students whose records will be turned over will be receiving notices from the campus informing them of their options if they object to being part of this case.
The university says social security numbers will not be included and that the plaintiff, Students for Fair Admissions, is prohibited from sharing the information without court approval.
High-school standardized test scores, grade-point averages, extracurricular activities, and demographic data are among the data being turned over. Harvard fought the request, but the court ordered it to do so.
Students for Fair Admissions is headed by Edward Blum, a White man who has lead challenges against voting rights and affirmative action.
He was also the instigator behind the Supreme Court case in Fisher v the University of Texas, Austin. It was a case he lost after the Supreme Court ruled its constitutional for the Supreme Court to consider race.
That ruling will make it more difficult for him to win the current case against Harvard, as well as a separate case against the University of North Carolina.
Students for Fair Admission still argues that Harvard weighs race too heavily in its admissions decision.
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