A group, called Students for Fair Admissions, is representing Asian-American students in a lawsuit against Harvard University over unfair and discriminatory admission criteria. In an analysis of over 160,000 student records, it was found that Havard consistently rated Asian-American applicants the lowest on personal traits like “positive personality”, likeability and courage. Although it is no secret most Ivy League schools hold racial quotas, Harvard’s subjective criteria has been called the “original sin of holistic admissions” by plaintiffs. To make things more absurd, Harvard’s own researchers cited a bias against Asian-American applicants in 2013, but the findings were ignored and never publicly released. The trial has been scheduled for October, and if it proceeds to the Supreme Court, it could uproot years of affirmative action policies at universities nationwide.
Written by Ashley Koh