A federal appeals court has ruled Harvard does not discriminate against Asian Americans, clearing the way for the University to continue to consider race in admissions.
Bloomberg reports today’s ruling from the court in Boston will likely not end the controversy as the group Students for Fair Admissions is expected to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
According to USA Today, the high court has upheld the use of affirmative action in college admissions in a number of rulings since 1978. However, following the addition of Amy Coney Barrett, the Supreme Court now has a 6-3 conservative majority.
“Today’s decision once again finds that Harvard’s admissions policies are consistent with Supreme Court precedent, and lawfully and appropriately pursue Harvard’s efforts to create a diverse campus that promotes learning and encourages mutual respect and understanding in our community,” Harvard spokesperson Rachael Dane said in a statement to Politico. “As we have said time and time again, now is not the time to turn back the clock on diversity and opportunity.”
“Race is one piece of Harvard’s interest in diversity,” Judge Sandra Lynch wrote in her opinion.
The President of Students for Fair Admissions vowed to Politico that he would continue to press on with his case.
“This lawsuit is now on track to go up to the U.S. Supreme Court where we will ask the justices to end these unfair and unconstitutional race-based admissions policies at Harvard and all colleges and universities.”
Blum is also challenging similar admissions policies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. That trial got underway this week. The Justice Department last month sued Yale for alleged discrimination.
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