Overseas Network October 16th According to the Associated Press, local time on the 15th, Harvard University recruitment discrimination case was opened in the federal court in Boston. Plaintiffs Fair Admissions The organization stated that Harvard University deliberately used vague personal ratings to reject Asian American applicants and preferred to enroll students of other ethnic backgrounds.
The legal team at Harvard University denied any discrimination in the statement, saying that race is only a factor in its consideration and can only help students get a chance to be admitted to a certain extent.
According to previous reports, Harvard discriminated against Asian applicants. The lawsuit originated in 2014. In this lawsuit, non-profit organizations fairly admitted that Harvard University systematically discriminates against Asian Americans.
The Fair Admissions Organization believes that Harvard University tends to accept white, African, and Latino students when they enroll students, and excludes Asian students who have good academic performance and are more qualified. This kind of ethnic-based admission The policy violates the civil rights law.
The organization said in a trial on the 15th that Asian applicants have better academic performance than any other race, but their admission rate is the lowest. This is because Harvard has been not a high score on their personal rating.
According to a document published by the Fair Admissions Organization on Monday (15th), Harvard's personal rating policy is only a loose definition. Moreover, the organization's lawyer, Adam Motara, called the document the only reference to Harvard's personal rating. This rating ranges from 1 (excellent) to 5 (uncertain).
Motala said that it is the subjectivity of this rating that creates opportunities for racial discrimination.
Harvard has not yet responded positively to the impact of personal ratings, and said the final decision on the rating is attributed to a 40-member committee that spends weeks reviewing and discussing to draw up the final score. .
Although this trial is also considered to have a profound impact on many other universities. However, Motala mentioned on Monday that the lawsuit itself did not address the specific behavior of other schools. It is only stressed that Harvard has gone too far to consider the issue of ethnicity.
But Harvard's team of lawyers believes that this lawsuit represents an attack on many other universities. These universities may think that race is just a way to recruit diverse students.
William Lee, a lawyer and board member at Harvard University, said that race is just one of many factors that benefit applicants and is no more important than a student's geographic location or family income. Race is not just the reason why students are allowed to enter school, Li said. Race must also be more than just the reason why students are rejected.
The trial is expected to last for three weeks and the final decision will be made by Judge Allison Dale Burroughs of the Massachusetts District Court.
The debate about how racially should play in college admissions has been going on in the United States for a long time. The US Department of Justice is also investigating Harvard University on issues suspected of discriminating against Asian Americans, and Yale University has recently been announced as a subject of similar investigations in the justice and education sectors.
At the same time, the Harvard case has attracted the attention of many people in the education field. The presidents of some universities also said that if the final conclusion is that Harvard is losing money, it is worthy of their reflection. (Compile / Overseas Network Zhao Kuan)