U.S. Justice Department supports claims by student group suing Harvard

The Department of Justice filed a Statement of Interest on Thursday, Aug. 30, supporting Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA), a student group that claims Harvard University discriminates against Asian-American applicants with its affirmative action policies.

“The United States’ Statement of Interest filed today argues that Harvard has failed to show that it does not unlawfully discriminate against Asian Americans,” the statement noted.

“No American should be denied admission to school because of their race. As a recipient of taxpayer dollars, Harvard has a responsibility to conduct its admissions policy without racial discrimination by using meaningful admissions criteria that meet lawful requirements.”

The case is expected to go to trial in October.

“This filing definitively proves that Harvard engages in racial balancing, uses race as far more than a ‘plus’ factor, and has no interest in exploring race-neutral alternatives,” said Edward Blum, SFFA president, in a statement to ABC News.

Harvard University responded in a legal brief arguing the claims made by SFFA are “misleading” and lack testimonial evidence that Asian-American applicants are being discriminated against.

To read the full statement from the Department of Justice, visit here.

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