Harvard University heading to trial for case of alleged discrimination

Harvard University heading to trial for case of alleged discrimination

In its hour-long opening, lawyers for Students for Fair Admissions accused Harvard of intentionally discriminating against Asian-Americans through a personal rating score that measures character traits such as "courage" and "likeability".

Both sides will present their cases to U.S. District Judge Allison D. Burroughs starting Monday.

Harvard University is set to face trial on Monday over accusations that it discriminates against Asian-American applicants in a closely watched lawsuit that could influence the use of race as a factor in college admissions decisions.

Harvard's lead attorney, William F. Lee, denied that the university discriminates against Asian Americans or any other demographic group. One reason this is the case is that many see this case as one that could potentially impact affirmative action policies at other schools.

Their defense partly relies on an analysis by David Card, an economist at the University of California, Berkeley, who found no evidence of discrimination in Harvard's admissions records.

The Justice Department has also launched a probe into whether Yale University discriminates against Asians - something which is denies.

The last time the high court ruled on affirmative action in admissions, in 2016, it narrowly upheld a race-conscious policy at the University of Texas.

The U.S. Justice Department, which launched a related probe of Harvard after Republican President Donald Trump took office a year ago, has backed SFFA's case, saying Harvard has not seriously considered alternative, race-neutral approaches to admissions. If race does play a role with a given student, he said, it is "always considered in a positive light".

Mugs bearing the school's logo are displayed for sale outside Harvard University in Cambridge Massachusetts U.S

Diep, who is studying neurobiology, believes that while his test scores could have been higher, his experience overcoming language and cultural barriers as a young Vietnamese immigrant in the San Fernando Valley helped him get into Harvard. Yet Mortara argued Monday the lawsuit is not a broader attack on affirmative action, saying Harvard has simply gone too far in its "zeal" to consider race.

The Justice Department revoked a number of documents, including Obama administration memos encouraging schools to take race into account for admissions and enrollment decisions to foster diversity.

The trial in a USA federal court in Boston pits the Ivy League school against Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA), whose 2014 lawsuit challenges the use of race as a factor in college admissions decisions.

Some details emerging from the trial could cast Harvard in a positive light, explaining the many layers of review it gives to more than 40,000 files a year before making almost 2,000 admission offers. The admissions dean said the emphasis on certain minority students across the country and white students in America's less populated regions represented efforts "to break the cycle" and persuade students who normally would not think about applying to Harvard to consider the Cambridge campus. The Harvard lawsuit is based on Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which bars discrimination at private institutions that receive federal funds.

The lawsuit has resonated with Asian-Americans like Benjamin Yu, president of The Orange Club, an Orange County political group comprised of conservative Chinese-Americans.

Harvard disputes the claim and says race is only one small factor in their secretive student selections process. The recent arrival of Kennedy's replacement, Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, strengthened the court's conservative majority and could signal a new approach if it revisits the issue.

"We've been very careful to make sure that any legal scrutiny brought against us will be something that we can hold our heads up and say we're entirely consistent with the law, so am I anxious about the resolution of those cases?"

More news: Idaho wildlife official resigns over uproar about killing baboon family
More news: Corruption scandal and fan unrest hang over Sri Lanka
More news: Lord Ayyappa Temple opens amid violent protests, women entry impeded

Related Articles

  • Fracking due to begin at Lancashire site UK News

    Fracking due to begin at Lancashire site UK News

    Justin Vanparys, 47, from Blackburn, said: "Fossil fuels should stay in the ground". Protester Ginette Evans said Monday: "The fight's just really started".
    Assange's communications to be partly restored by Ecuador govt

    Assange's communications to be partly restored by Ecuador govt

    Sweden dropped the case against Assange previous year but he remains subject to arrest in the United Kingdom for jumping bail. But the British government refused to give him diplomatic status so the plan was cancelled.
    Raiders Seeking First-Round Draft Pick In Amari Cooper Trade Talks

    Raiders Seeking First-Round Draft Pick In Amari Cooper Trade Talks

    Oakland's defense now ranks among the bottom in many major statistical categories , including yards and points allowed per game. But first, the Raiders have to field a healthy and competitive team, and that is the goal over the bye week.
  • Vunipola to miss Bok Tests after breaking arm

    Vunipola to miss Bok Tests after breaking arm

    Lock Joe Launchbury had knee surgery last week and winger Anthony Watson was also already ruled out of the November tests. Nick Isiekwe sprained his ankle and is being assessed to determine the full extent of the problem.
    Netflix crushes estimates, renewing faith after July letdown

    Netflix crushes estimates, renewing faith after July letdown

    If the quarter's record-setting slate doesn't move the subscriber needle, Netflix may have to reassess its programming strategy. The Q3 results for Netflix came as a breather for its investors and the team after facing a slow down in the last quarter.
    Union Minister MJ Akbar resigns amidst serious allegations of sexual harassment

    Union Minister MJ Akbar resigns amidst serious allegations of sexual harassment

    Defamation can be a criminal charge in India, and a conviction can carry up to two years in jail. India's #MeToo movement is different from America's in other ways.
  • Canelo signs 11-fight, $365M deal with DAZN

    He will meet secondary world champ Rocky Fielding on December 15 at Madison Square Garden in NY . Alvarez's new contract is being described as the biggest in sports history by ESPN .

    CDC: Mysterious paralyzing illness reported in 22 states

    But mysteriously no other country has reported the emerging every-two-years pattern seen in the U.S., Messonnier said. The CDC says to be on the lookout for the onset of arm or leg weakness, and loss of muscle tone and reflexes.
    Russell Westbrook out for season opener vs. Warriors

    Russell Westbrook out for season opener vs. Warriors

    The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Basketball Association , its clubs or ABS-CBN Sports. The 2017 league's most valuable player averaged 25.4 points per game last season to go along with 10.3 assists and 10.1 rebounds.
  • Paddington station suffers major disruption after overhead wires damaged

    Paddington station suffers major disruption after overhead wires damaged

    Travellers at Paddington station have been hit by a major disruption this morning, with cancellations expected throughout the day. Stay up to date with all the latest traffic and travel news in the Berkshire Traffic and Travel Facebook group.
    Chance the Rapper not running for Chicago mayor; endorses Amara Enyia

    Chance the Rapper not running for Chicago mayor; endorses Amara Enyia

    When prompted to explain why he endorsed Enyia , he shared a common vision for the future of the third-largest city in America. Previous year he donated $ 1 million to Chicago Public Schools and raised another $2 million six months later.
    Vidant honors families as part of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

    Vidant honors families as part of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

    It is observed every year in the UK, Canada, the US, Norway, Italy and Kenya - as well as the Australian States of Western Australia and New South Wales.