A federal appeals court Thursday upheld a lower-court decision clearing Harvard University of intentional discrimination against Asian American applicants.
A two-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston rejected the claims of an anti-affirmative action group that accused the elite Ivy League university of imposing a “racial penalty” on Asian Americans.
The decision delivers a blow to the group, Students for Fair Admissions, and moves the case a step closer to a possible review by the Supreme Court.
The group’s 2014 lawsuit alleges that Harvard’s admissions officers use a subjective “personal rating” to discriminate against Asian Americans who apply to the school. Harvard denies any discrimination.