The Department of Justice criticized Harvard University's admission practice Thursday, claiming that evidence in a federal lawsuit challenges the Ivy League School "Racial Balancing", when selecting a class, has a possible violation of boundaries the Supreme Court has placed on affirmative action in college admissions.
With a legal order filed in federal court in Boston, the department weighed in a lawsuit against Harvard's use of race and ethnicity in admissions, claiming that the university is biased toward Asian Americans. Harvard strictly denies this claim.
The letter showed that the Trump administration is sympathetic to the plaintiff's argument. She also reiterated the Government's deep skepticism about positive action in education, and pointed out the direction it would take if the issue reached the Supreme Court again. Under President Barack Obama, the Justice Department made legal arguments to show how university education is used in admission.
In the Harvard case, the department said that it drew several conclusions from the evidence. Among them: that Harvard has not explained how it weighs race against other factors in one application; that Harvard uses a "personal rating" that may be biased towards Asian Americans; and that "substantive evidence" shows that law enforcement officers oversee and manipulate the racial makeup of incoming classes, despite rulings that have declared "racial balance" unconstitutional.
"No American should be denied admission to the school because of his race" General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. "As a recipient of taxpayers' money, Harvard is responsible for implementing its admittance policy without racial discrimination by applying meaningful admission criteria that meet regulatory requirements."
The Department urged the judge to contest Harvard's efforts to win the victory in the suit without winning a try. But it did not stop supporting the plaintiff's view that courts should prohibit the inclusion of race in registrations.
Harvard has repeatedly denied misconduct and said the lawsuit is part of an ideological campaign to overturn Supreme Court decisions. On Thursday, the university said in a statement that it was "deeply disappointed" that the Justice Department had sided with the plaintiff, "the same misleading and hollow arguments that prove nothing more than the emptiness of the case against Harvard."
But the university said the Department's action was "not surprising" given the records of the Trump administration.
"Harvard does not discriminate against any candidate from any group and will continue to vigorously defend the legal right of every college and university. One factor among many in college admissions that the Supreme Court has consistently maintained for more than 40 years," the university said. "Colleges and universities must have the freedom and flexibility to create the diverse communities that are vital to each student's learning experience."
The case, which is expected to be negotiated in October, could be the next test for the Supreme Court is ready to lift decades of precedents and prohibit the inclusion of race in the approvals. The Supreme Court has repeatedly affirmed, most recently in 2016, that schools can consider race as one factor among many when trying to put together a different class.
But the court has also put limits on practice. It has banned racial quotas and encouraged schools to consider whether they can achieve their goals through race-neutral alternatives, using grants and other recruitment tools to ensure socio-economic and geographical balance. The premise is that such methods can indirectly generate appropriate ethnic diversity without the applicants being racially biased.
The results of this theory have been tested in several states, including California and Florida, which prohibit the inclusion of races in public university admissions. Many educators say that these results were disappointing as the proportion of African-Americans and other historically under-represented minorities was in the most competitive schools.
The Harvard case plaintiff, a group called Students for Fair Admissions, was sued in 2014 for discriminating against Asian Americans unfairly and illegally by restricting the places they offer in a new class to the To increase chances of applicants from other groups. Harvard denies the claim.
Civil rights groups and many selective colleges and universities have submitted signatures supporting Harvard and arguing for the preservation of the status quo. These schools describe their admission process as "holistic" and say that they review all applicants' academic credentials and background, including race and ethnicity, before deciding whether or not to offer a seat.
Justice book aims at the inner workings of A licensing business that audits more than 40,000 applications per year and has less than 5 percent access said Harvard "closely monitors" the racial makeup of the emerging class, which reduces the pool of candidates "Applicants" are "loping" towards the end of the process, while admissions officers are shown a spreadsheet prominently displaying "Candidate Race". And she argued that Harvard "never" engaged in a good faith consideration of race-neutral alternatives.  Edward Blum, president of Fair Admissions students, said the group was "delighted" with the lawyer scrutiny and looks forward to forcing more disclosure of "seriously worrying evidence." Harvard approval remains under court seal
The action Thursday was the second direct intervention by the Trump administration this year. In April, the Department of Justice ordered US District Judge Allison D. Burroughs to publish internal documents on Harvard University's application for admission.
Irrespective of this, the department initiated a civil rights investigation of Harvard approvals last year. 19659021] Harvard is one of the most selective universities in the world. Of the 1,962 applicants admitted to this year's class, nearly 23 percent were Asian and nearly 16 percent African American. About 12 percent were Latino, and just over 2 percent were Indians or native Hawaiians. These numbers include students who have identified with more than one race or ethnic group. The rest of the admitted class of 2022 were white students from the United States and international students from dozens of countries.