A group of current and prospective Harvard College students have filed an amicus brief in support of Harvard’s race-conscious affirmative action policies in an ongoing lawsuit between Harvard and anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions.
The Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ Registrar’s Office has dedicated a single person to respond to substantial demand from students requesting to view their admissions files.
Application data for hundreds of thousands of people who applied to Harvard College will be given to a group suing Harvard for allegedly discriminating against Asian American applicants, the University told those students in an email Thursday.
Harvard motioned Friday to dismiss an ongoing lawsuit alleging race-based discrimination in its admissions processes, arguing that the plaintiffs in the case—anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions—lack grounds to litigate on behalf of its members.
A group of students from Harvard and several other universities have produced and distributed a free college admissions guide to about 40,000 public school leaders nationwide.
The Harvard College Office of Admissions and Financial Aid located at 86 Brattle Street.
Harvard must produce “comprehensive data” from six full admissions cycles for use in the pending admissions lawsuit between the University and anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions following a court order filed Tuesday.
Currently, Harvard’s case is still in the process of discovery, a stage during which both parties can request information from one another to use in subsequent court proceedings.
Though Harvard administrators rejoiced after the Supreme Court upheld race-conscious admissions policies at the University of Texas, it is unclear whether the decision will similarly apply to Harvard as it fights to protect its admissions policies in court.
As a lawsuit alleging discrimination in Harvard’s admissions practices remains delayed—awaiting a Supreme Court decision on the related affirmative action case Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin—the College’s use of race as a factor in admissions decisions has once again come under scrutiny.
About 80 percent of the students admitted to the Class of 2020 plan to matriculate in the fall—a yield rate comparable to that for the Class of 2019—after Harvard saw a record high number of applicants and a historic low percent acceptance.