Harvard ‘legacy’ policy challenged on heels of affirmative action ruling

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Harvard ‘legacy’ policy challenged on heels of affirmative action ruling

Harvard College has been accused of favoring white students in its admissions process through its policy of giving preferences to applicants with family ties to the school. This complaint comes just days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against Harvard’s race-conscious admissions policies. Three civil rights groups have filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, arguing that Harvard’s preference for “legacy” applicants violates federal laws against race discrimination in programs that receive federal funds. The Supreme Court’s decision has dealt a significant blow to efforts to promote diversity in student bodies and is expected to lead to further challenges to admission policies.

Harvard College, the undergraduate school of Harvard University, has not yet responded to the complaint. The civil rights groups behind the complaint argue that the Supreme Court ruling makes it even more crucial to eliminate policies that disadvantage non-white applicants. They are represented by Lawyers for Civil Rights, a Boston-based nonprofit that fights discrimination against communities of color and immigrants. Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal, the executive director of the group, emphasized that family background and wealth should not play a role in the college admissions process, stating that “eliminating racial discrimination means eliminating all of it.”

According to the complaint, nearly 70% of Harvard applicants with family ties to donors or alumni are white, and they are six times more likely to be admitted compared to other applicants. The groups claim that this leaves fewer spots available for non-white applicants who are less likely to have family connections to the school. They are calling on the Department of Education to investigate Harvard’s admission practices and require the school to abandon legacy preferences if it wants to continue receiving federal funding.

During the Supreme Court hearings on the Harvard case, a lawyer representing the group that sued the school argued that eliminating legacy preferences would make Harvard less white, wealthy, and privileged. Justices Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas seemed to agree, questioning why the school couldn’t eliminate the legacy policy instead of granting separate preferences to non-white students. Harvard’s lawyer, Seth Waxman, argued that there was no evidence that ending legacy preferences would result in a more diverse student body.

In conclusion, Harvard College is facing a complaint alleging that its preference for legacy applicants disproportionately benefits white students. This complaint comes in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling against race-conscious admissions policies. The civil rights groups behind the complaint are urging the Department of Education to investigate Harvard’s practices and demand the abandonment of legacy preferences if the school wants to continue receiving federal funding.

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