Harvard University remains steadfast in its claim that it does not discriminate against Asian-American applicants, issuing another denial Friday in court documents ahead of its October trial.
The Ivy League institution called statistical analysis conducted by plaintiff and nonprofit group Students for Fair Admissions “deeply flawed” and that it contributed to a “misleading narrative,” reported The Boston Globe.
Harvard asserted that Students for Fair Admissions had submitted “900 paragraphs of supposedly undisputed facts—many of which are neither undisputed nor even facts.”
“Students for Fair Admissions looks forward to presenting our case at trial in October, at which time the remaining redacted data, memos, emails, and depositions Harvard refuses to disclose will be made public,” the nonprofit’s president, Edward Blum, said.
The plaintiff asserted Harvard docked Asian-American applicants in categories such as likability, “widely respected,” and “positive personality” in a June court filing.
“Harvard today engages in the same kind of discrimination and stereotyping that it used to justify quotas on Jewish applicants in the 1920s and 1930s,” Students for Fair Admissions claimed.
While Asian-American students comprised 43 percent of the California Institute of Technology’s student population, they only make up 17 percent of Harvard’s student body, according to a May study.
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