By Caroline Linton
Harvard University will have to release six years’ worth of admission data due to a lawsuit filed by a group with ties to anti-affirmative action organizations that alleges the university’s admission system hurts Asian American applicants.
The Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) filed a lawsuit against Harvard in 2014, alleging that the university has a quota system that has negatively affected Asian Americans’ admission to the school, according to the Harvard Crimson. The case has been stagnant while the Supreme Court mulled Fisher vs. The University of Texas at Austin. In July, the Supreme Court upheld UT-Austin’s race-based admission program, but wrote in its opinion that “considerable deference is owed to a university in defining those intangible characteristics, like student body diversity, that are central to its identity and educational mission.”
At Harvard, U.S. District Judge Allison D. Burroughs ruled Harvard must provide “data from the admissions database” from 2009-2014, as well as limited information from 2007-2009, according to the Crimson. The school is also ordered to release all previous investigations into alleged discrimination.