A group of Asian-American, 'Students for Fair Admissions' was suing Harvard University, saying that admission files showed a pattern of discrimination against the community that goes back decades. The Asian-American students group has asked the varsity to release its admission data, alleging that Harvard systematically penalizes Asian-Americans unconstitutionally, giving preferences to racial and ethnic minorities. They added the admission process follows an illegal quota system. They have demanded the varsity to publicly release admissions data on hundreds of thousands of applicants which challenges Harvard’s admissions policies.
According to the Lawyer of the group, William S. Consovoy, "This is an important and closely watched civil rights case. The public has a right to know exactly what is going on at Harvard”.
Students for Fair Admissions include over a dozen Asian-American students who applied to Harvard and were rejected.
However, refuting claims, Harvard spokesperson Rachel Dane said they'll fiercely defend the university's rights. Responding to the lawsuit, Rachael Dane said, “Harvard College does not discriminate against applicants from any group in its admissions processes…We will continue to vigorously defend the right of Harvard, and other universities, to seek the educational benefits that come from a class that is diverse on multiple dimensions”.
Notably, over 40,000 students apply for Harvard annually.