Harvard Asks Court to Keep Information on Individual Applicants and 'Granular' Admissions Details Under Seal

June 26, 2018
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Lawyers for Harvard University on Friday asked a federal court to keep information about individual applicants — and specific details of its admissions process — under seal. In their filing, the lawyers argue that publicly disclosing several kinds of documents would compromise students' privacy and jeopardize the university's "commercial interests."

Students for Fair Admissions, a nonprofit group that's suing Harvard, seeks to yank down the curtain that keeps the particulars of the university's selection process from public view. The group's anti-discrimination lawsuit, which accuses the university of discriminating against Asian-American applicants, reached a pivotal point this month, when previously confidential documents describing the university’s admissions process were disclosed.

Yet Harvard's lawyers argue that while the public may have an interest in the high-profile case, "that interest does not mandate the disclosure of every document about the Harvard admissions process that might be the subject of public curiosity."

Read more at The Chronicle of Higher Education: https://www.chronicle.com/article/Harvard-Asks-Court-to-Keep/243750