Date
24 March 2017
Asian-Americans say they face higher hurdles in trying to get admitted to Harvard as undergraduates. Photo: The Harvard Shop
Asian-Americans say they face higher hurdles in trying to get admitted to Harvard as undergraduates. Photo: The Harvard Shop

US throws out complaint of anti-Asian-American bias at Harvard

The US Education Department has dismissed a complaint against Harvard University alleging discrimination against Asian-American applicants for admission as undergraduates, Bloomberg reported.

The reason the government gave is that a similar case is pending in federal court.

The department’s Office for Civil Rights dismissed on June 3 the complaint filed in May by more than 60 Asian-American groups.

“We are very disappointed, but we won’t stop the fight,” Yukong Zhao, who helped organize the groups filing the complaint, told Bloomberg.

“We will continue to pursue equal rights for Asian-American students.”

There was no immediate comment from Harvard.

In May, the university’s general counsel said in a statement that its admissions policies comply fully with the law.

The coalition said Asian-American students are held to higher standards than others because of their race and that Asian-Americans with almost perfect entrance exam scores, top 1 percent grade point averages, academic awards and leadership positions were more likely to be rejected than similar applicants of other races.

Students for Fair Admissions Inc., a separate group representing unidentified college applicants, filed a lawsuit against Harvard administrators in US District Court in Boston in November alleging the university limited admissions of Asian-Americans. Harvard denied the claim.

Harvard College accepted a record-low 5.3 percent of more than 37,000 applications for a seat in this year’s freshman class.

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