Admissions lawsuit


Admissions Office 'Moving Ahead' on Suggestions from Trial Ruling, Fitzsimmons Says

Harvard College’s Admissions Office is “moving ahead” with the suggestions that Judge Allison D. Burroughs included in her ruling on Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard, according to Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid William R. Fitzsimmons ’67.


SFFA v. Harvard Decision Explained

On Tuesday, October 1, 2019, Federal Judge Allison D. Burroughs ruled that Harvard's admissions practices are legal. The decision brought an end to the first stage of the lawsuit between anti-affirmative action advocacy group Students for Fair Admissions and the college


Legacy, Athlete, and Donor Preferences Disproportionately Benefit White Applicants, per Analysis

Forty-three percent of white admits to Harvard College are athletes, legacies, children of faculty, or members of a hand selected list curated by top administrators, according to working papers by Students for Fair Admissions-hired expert witness Peter S. Arcidiacono.


Following SFFA Attorney’s Comments at Event, Harvard Law Students Debate Discrimination Against Asian Americans

Students engaged in debate over comments about discrimination against Asian American students during a Harvard Law School event. At the event, some students laughed and shouted their agreement after lead Students for Fair Admissions lawyer Adam K. Mortara made a quip about personality ratings differences.


Mortara APALSA

Last Friday, Harvard Law School’s Asian Pacific American Law Student Association released an internal statement reacting to an exchange that occurred at an event discussing the Harvard admissions lawsuit.


AAA SFFA v. Harvard

Michaele N. Turnage Young, senior counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, speaks with undergraduates about what's next in the Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard case as it undergoes the appeals process.


Harvard President Bacow Says He's Confident Appeals Court Will Uphold Admissions Decision

University President Lawrence S. Bacow said in an interview on Monday that he is confident an appeals court will uphold a federal judge’s recent ruling that Harvard does not discriminate against Asian American applicants in its College admissions policies.


Students for Fair Admissions Files Notice of Appeal in Harvard Admissions Case

Students for Fair Admissions filed a notice of appeal to the United States First Circuit Court of Appeals Friday afternoon in its longtime suit against Harvard alleging that the College’s admissions process unlawfully discriminates against Asian American applicants.


The Harvard Admissions Lawsuit Decision, Analyzed

Burroughs’s opinion contains fact-finding and legal arguments that will feature prominently in any appeals process — and could serve as a guide for future affirmative action cases. The Crimson analyzes the opinion’s key findings and conclusions.


Harvard Ruling May Offer ‘Roadmap’ for Other Affirmative Action Cases

Harvard is not the only university currently facing a challenge to its admissions policies. The plaintiff in Harvard’s case — anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions — is also the plaintiff in a pending lawsuit against the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Federal Judge Rules Harvard's Admissions Policies Do Not Discriminate Against Asian American Applicants

The ruling brings an end to this stage of the lawsuit filed against the University by anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions in 2014. SFFA alleged that the College's admissions policies discriminate against Asian American applicants by holding them to higher standards.


Tuesday’s Admissions Decision is Only the First Step in a Long Appeals Process, Experts Say

Edward Blum, president of plaintiff Students for Fair Admissions, vowed to appeal the decision in his statement following Judge Allison D. Burroughs’s ruling, a move experts say is likely to tangle the case years of further litigation.


‘A Day of Celebrating’: Students, Administrators Praise Admissions Ruling in Harvard’s Favor

“It is a victory for the diversity … that, I think, contributes significantly to our excellence,” Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Gay said at a faculty meeting, to thunderous applause. “If it was a cloudy day to start, hopefully it's ending with a few more bits of sun.”


Ten Months After the Admissions Trial, the Judge Has Yet to Issue a Ruling

Judge Allison D. Burroughs hasn’t released her verdict yet. Her decision — almost certain to be appealed regardless of the outcome — could prove pivotal in an ongoing legal battle that could shape the future of affirmative action at private colleges and universities nationwide.


Joseph Moakley Courthouse

Harvard's ongoing admissions lawsuit is being still reviewed at the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse in Boston, Mass.


Asian American, International Admits Accepted Harvard Admissions Offers at Highest Rates

Admitted students who are Asian American or international citizens have consistently accepted their offers to attend Harvard College at the highest rates, while African American and Hispanic American admitted students accepted their offers at lower rates, according to data from 2018 court documents.


After National Admissions Scandal, Bacow Says 'We Do Some Things Very Differently' at Harvard

University President Lawrence S. Bacow affirmed in a recent interview that Harvard is reviewing its admissions policies in light of the high-profile college admissions scandal that rocked universities across the country earlier this month.


Mass Hall

An Inside Higher Ed survey of college and university presidents asked them about the Harvard admissions lawsuit and a host of other topics. University President Lawrence S. Bacow's office is in Massachusetts Hall.


University President Survey Shows Only 37 Percent Are Confident in Harvard’s Admissions Trial Defense

A questionnaire sent to college and university presidents around the country in January showed that only four in 10 surveyed are confident Harvard will win its current admissions lawsuit, according to findings published Friday.


Harvard Admissions Trial Ruling Will Determine Facts for Future Appeals, Experts Say

Attorneys for Harvard and anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions had their last chance to present arguments in their ongoing battle over whether the College’s admissions processes discriminates against Asian-American applicants last week.


Admissions Trials Arguments

Edward Blum said he is content with the SFFA lawyers' statements during the additional admissions trials held on Feb. 13.


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