Harvard powers that be and their lawyers say "no."
The Students for Fair Admissions and their lawyers say "yes."
Both sides will argue their case in a bench trial scheduled for October 15th. Here are more details from the media.
This dispute became a 120-page lawsuit filed in federal court back in 2014: "Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard President, Fellows, and Board of Overseers." Here is a copy of the complaint. The original request was for a jury trial.
Of course, the verdict will resonate throughout higher education in America. What happens at Harvard doesn't stay at Harvard.
Should the plaintiff win, then the door is open for other categories of applicants who perceive admissions bias to sue colleges and universities.
Incidentally, those could include the aging. If that demographic sues, then what could come out in discovery and be revealed in the courtroom could be policies tilted toward youth, both in admission and financial aid.
Ageism could be the diversity issue of the third decade of the 21st century. And it could bite higher education in both the brand and the pocketbook.
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