A federal complaint has surfaced claiming that Asian-American students who applied to Harvard were discriminated against. The report suggests that students of Chinese, Korean, Indian and Pakistani heritage were unfairly treated in the admissions process.
Robert Iuliano, Harvard’s General Counsel, refuted this stating that the University not only seeks to admit a diverse class but is “fully compliant with federal law” and uses a “holistic admissions process.”
“We will vigorously defend the right of Harvard, and other universities, to continue to seek the educational benefits that come from a class that is diverse on multiple dimensions,” he added.
However, several Asian-American parents have complained that their children have been unfairly viewed as not being creative enough.
Karen Narasaki and Michael Yaki, officials with the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights did not seem to take either side. “Neither of us believes that any racial or ethnic group should be subjected to quotas. Nor do we believe that test scores alone entitle anyone to admission at Harvard. Students are more than their test scores and grades.”
Harvard has an enrollment of roughly 6,700 students, 17% of which are Asian.