How Harvard Can Legally Favor Alumni Children and Athletes

August 6, 2018
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The group suing Harvard University over alleged discrimination against Asian American applicants has released documents that it says show unfairness. One set of documents makes the case that the apparent advantage of white over Asian American applicants is due to the university's policies favoring applicants who are athletes, or who are black or Latino, or who are "legacies" (children or relatives of alumni).

Harvard has denied discrimination, and has contested the value of some of these documents, saying they are from early and incomplete research at the university. But the university has freely admitted that athletes and legacies receive an edge in admissions, and that it also considers race in admissions.

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