Harvard admissions case discriminates against Asians, goes to U.S. Supreme Court

On Thursday (25), Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) filed a formal petition with the U.S. Supreme Court asking the Court to end the practice of admitting Asian students based on race at Harvard University and all higher Education institutions.

“Edward Blum, founder and president of Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA), announced Thursday that he had petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court on the same day to end the practice adopted by Harvard and other schools of admitting Asian freshmen based on race.

The lawsuit has continued to this day since November 2014, after SFFA sued Harvard under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act in an effort to eliminate an admissions model that discriminates against Asians, led by Harvard University. In November 2020, the case was lost in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, according to information. Therefore, in this petition, SFFA is asking the Supreme Court to issue a review order.

In a press conference sponsored by the California Coalition for Equal Rights (CFER), Brougham highlighted two key issues for the case to reach the Supreme Court.

He pointed out that Title VI of the Civil Rights Act prohibits race-based admissions and that once a public university or private university using federal funds does so, it amounts to a violation of the Equal Protection Clause.

On the same day Thursday, SFFA also filed a lawsuit against Yale University, challenging the school’s discriminatory admissions policy. Brougham stressed that schools such as Harvard cannot discriminate against Asians or other groups on the basis of their pursuit of color diversity.

Brougham noted that the next step will be to enter the stage where the chancellor will decide whether to accept the case, which may have an update in the first week of June, or may not get new information until October or even the end of the year.