This afternoon, US District Judge Allison Burroughs handed down her decision in a lawsuit that alleged discrimination in Harvard College’s admissions policy. Judge Burroughs has found in Harvard's favor. You may read the decision in full on the Harvard Admissions Lawsuit website, which will be updated with analysis and commentary in the coming days.... Read more about Letter to the Community: Harvard President Lawrence S. Bacow
Today’s decision unequivocally affirms that Harvard does not discriminate on the basis of race in its admissions process, and that Harvard’s pursuit of the diverse student body central to its educational mission is lawful. It represents a significant victory not merely for Harvard, but also for all schools and students, for diversity, and for the rule of law. As the court has recognized, now is not the time to turn back the clock on diversity and opportunity.
As I am sure many of you are aware, the University is being challenged in a lawsuit that alleges discrimination in Harvard College’s admissions policy. The case will go to trial next week, and I write today to share some thoughts with you.
From the start, Harvard has agreed with the view expressed today by the Court, that this case can be – and should be – resolved at trial. Thorough and comprehensive analysis of the evidence makes clear that Harvard College does not discriminate against applicants from any group, including Asian Americans, whose share of the admitted class has grown significantly since 2010. We look forward to making our case at trial next month.
In addition to seeking permission from the Court to silence our students and alumni, SFFA has now turned to the Court asking for permission to preclude SFFA President Edward Blum from testifying as a witness in a trial he himself orchestrated. While SFFA and Mr. Blum continue to hide behind their secretive organization, Harvard will continue to vigorously defend the legal right of every college and university to achieve a diverse student body through an admissions process where the consideration of race is one factor among many.
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) and 34 Asian American groups and higher education faculty today filed an amicus "friend of the court" brief in Massachusetts federal court, opposing a challenge to Harvard's race-conscious admissions policy (Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) v. Harvard).
We are deeply disappointed that the Department of Justice has taken the side of Edward Blum and Students for Fair Admissions, recycling the same misleading and hollow arguments that prove nothing more than the emptiness of the case against Harvard. This decision is not surprising given the highly irregular investigation the DOJ has engaged in thus far, and its recent action to repeal Obama-era guidelines on the consideration of race in admissions.
Harvard does not discriminate against applicants from any group, and will continue to vigorously defend the legal right of every...
The brief, submitted by scholars with expertise on Asian American studies, race, and college access, draws upon amici’s original research and the most extensive and up-to-date body of knowledge relevant to the legal issues in the case.
Harvard again rejects SFFA's hollow argument; cites SFFA's "Lack of evidence."
Harvard College today restated its request for summary judgment and presented a strong and detailed rebuttal to the “invective, mischaracterizations, and in some cases outright misrepresentations” of a brief filed by Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA), with lawyers for the College noting that the group’s rhetoric “fails to compensate for the lack of evidence supporting SFFA’s claims.”
Edward Blum and SFFA continue to present a deliberately misleading narrative, made possible only by their deeply flawed statistical analysis, to eliminate the consideration of race in college admissions. Their case is against Harvard, but their actions challenge the freedom and flexibility – entirely consistent with long set legal parameters – of every college and university in America to expand opportunity and create the diverse communities that enhance the learning of every student. Harvard’s brief opposing SFFA’s request for summary judgment conclusively refutes SFFA’s unfounded claims.... Read more about Harvard Statement on SFFA's Memorandum in Opposition to Harvard's Motion for Summary Judgment