A Boston federal appeals court ruled Thursday that Harvard University’s admissions process does not intentionally discriminate against prospective Asian American students.
The SFFA lawsuit, which was filed in 2014, alleges that Harvard’s admissions officers use a subjective “personal rating” to discriminate against Asian Americans who apply to the school.
In close calls between students, some underrepresented students may get a “tip” in their favor, school officials have said, but students’ race is never counted against them.
Ultimately, the judges wrote, Asian American identity has a statistically insignificant effect on admissions probability, concluding that Harvard does not place outsized emphasis on race.
However, the judges argued in their ruling that Harvard’s admissions process aligns with requirements laid out in previous Supreme Court cases.