Education Dept. Dismisses Discrimination Complaint against Harvard

The U.S. Department of Education dismissed a discrimination complaint against Harvard University because a similar case is pending in federal court, reports Bloomberg News.

The department's Office for Civil Rights rejected a complaint filed in May by more than 60 Asian American groups alleging discrimination against Asian American applicants in undergraduate admissions. The coalition said Asian American students are held to higher standards because of their race and that highly-qualified Asian American students are more likely to be rejected than similar applicants of other races. 

Students for Fair Admissions Inc., a separate group representing unidentified college applicants, filed a lawsuit against Harvard administrators in U.S. District Court in Boston in November alleging the school limited admissions of Asian Americans, reported Bloomberg.  

Harvard spokeswoman Anna Cowenhoven told Bloomberg that the university is committed to diversity. She noted that 21 percent of students admitted as Harvard undergraduates are Asian American, up from 17.6 percent a decade ago.


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