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Those stereotypes — which we’ll get into later — are not prevalent now among Harvard admissions officers, Judge Burroughs wrote in her 130-page decisions.

That may well hurt Asian-American applicants, the judge acknowledged.

“Asian-American applicants’ disproportionate strength in academics comes at the expense of other skills and traits that Harvard values,” Judge Burroughs wrote.

The judge said Harvard had cleaned up its act since then, but those stereotypes persist — in high schools.

“It is possible that Asian-American applicants to Harvard are being disadvantaged by biases in their high schools that affect their college applications.”Unfortunately, that effect cannot be quantified.

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