The Harvard Crimson reported that Students for Fair Admissions sued Harvard after activist Edward Blum launched a slew of anti-affirmative websites in 2014.
The websites sought students who were denied admission to universities nation-wide. One of those websites is Harvard University Not Fair.“It is especially disconcerting that public data shows that Harvard has purposefully limited the percentage of Asian-American freshman it admits,” Blum said in 2014 in a press release.
“In fact, the number of Asian-Americans Harvard admits today is lower than it was 20-years ago, even though the number of highly qualified Asian-American applicants to Harvard has nearly doubled,” he said.
Blum’s comments echoed analysis found in an opinion piece published in The New York Times a year prior titled, "Statistics Indicate an Ivy League Asian Quota."
The piece covered demographic statistics for Harvard’s enrollment data over two decades, which indicated a possible Asian “quota.” In March 2014 William R. Fitzsimmons, Harvard dean of admissions and financial aid, said Harvard does not use quotas in the admissions process.
Blum is also credited for working with complainant Abigail Fisher during Fisher v. University of Texas, the case in which Fisher sued the University of Texas at Austin and alleged the university denied her admission because she is white. In June, the Supreme Court upheld affirmative action as constitutional.
Focus on Fisher v. University of Texas distracted from the Harvard lawsuit, and the case may draw out to 2018.
Evidence and designated experts for the case can be submitted up until September 18, 2017, though the late deadline could prolong a ruling until the following year.