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Latest Appeals court clears Harvard of racial bias in admissions

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BOSTON — A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld a ruling clearing Harvard University of discrimination against Asian American applicants.

Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston rejected claims from an anti-affirmative action group that accuses the Ivy League University of imposing a “racial penalty” on Asian Americans.

In close calls between students, some underrepresented students may get a “tip” in their favor, school officials say, but students’ race is never counted against them.

The U.S. Justice Department lawsuit filed briefs supporting the lawsuit, arguing that Harvard goes too far in using race to select students.

The Harvard case revived a national debate about about race’s role in college admissions.

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