A report in The Harvard Crimson stated judges for the First Circuit Court of Appeals dominated Thursday that the University’s admissions processes didn’t violate civil rights regulation.
The ruling affirmed a holding by District Court Judge Allison Burroughs, who had additionally favoured Harvard’s defence after a three-week-long trial in October 2018.
The Crimson report stated that First Circuit judges Jeffrey Howard and Sandra Lynch wrote of their opinion that Burroughs “correctly decided several key components of the case, including that Harvard did not engage in racial balancing and that the University considered race-neutral alternatives.”
Harvard spokesperson Rachael Dane stated that the University welcomed the ruling.
“Today’s decision once again finds that Harvard’s admissions policies are consistent with Supreme Court precedent, and lawfully and appropriately pursue Harvard’s efforts to create a diverse campus that promotes learning and encourages mutual respect and understanding in our community,” she stated, in keeping with the Crimson report.
“As we have said time and time again, now is not the time to turn back the clock on diversity and opportunity.”
Students for Fair Admissions had first sued Harvard in 2014 and its President Edward Blum stated he was “disappointed” by the First Circuit ruling.
“Our hope is not lost,” Blum stated within the written assertion. “This lawsuit is now on track to go up to the US Supreme Court where we will ask the justices to end these unfair and unconstitutional race-based admissions policies at Harvard and all colleges and universities.”