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Trump’s DOJ goes after Harvard over admissions practices, race

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Harvard University
Pedestrians
in Harvard Yard at Harvard University building on August 30, 2018
in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The U.S. Justice Department sided
with Asian-Americans suing Harvard over admissions
policy.

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  • The Department of Justice indicated that it supports a
    group of Asian American students who sued Harvard University
    over its admissions practices. 
  • The lawsuit alleges that a component of Harvard’s
    admissions process that takes into consideration an applicant’s
    ethnic background unfairly sidelines Asian students. Harvard
    has denied that claim.
  • The DOJ has previously made clear its objections to
    affirmative-action practices on college campuses.
  • The American Civil Liberties Union called the DOJ’s
    latest move an attempt to “dismantle progress in racial
    equity.”

The Department of Justice indicated that it supports a group of
Asian American students who sued Harvard University over its
admissions practices. 

The lawsuit alleges that a component of Harvard’s admissions
process that takes into consideration an applicant’s ethnic
background unfairly sidelines Asian students. Harvard has denied
the claim.

The school says its consideration of an applicant’s heritage is
part of a holistic approach to application reviews, but says it
does not employ racial quotas.

The DOJ has previously made clear
its objections to affirmative-action practices
on college
campuses.

The American Civil Liberties Union rushed to Harvard’s defense on
Thursday, calling the DOJ’s interjection an attempt to
“dismantle progress in racial equity.”

“The Trump administration has advocated for “race-blind”
policies, which Harvard and virtually all other
universities have found are demonstrably insufficient to achieve
meaningful diversity, given the reality of historic and
continuing racial discrimination in this country,” the ACLU said
in a
press release
sent out on Thursday.

The lawsuit, originally filed in 2014, is set to go to trial in
October.

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