Lawsuit Updates

UNC to grant students’ requests for admissions files under FERPA

Corey Risinger, writing in The Daily Tar Heel, authored the following piece about UNC's recent decisions to comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act . College acceptance might no longer be a mystery to UNC students — the University is expected to join a national movement and release admissions files under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. “We are glad to comply with the law,” said Steve Farmer, vice provost for enrollment and undergraduate admissions. The student-led effort was sparked by The Fountain Hopper, an anonymous Stanford University newsletter that, in January, sent out instructions for requesting admissions files under FERPA. The 1974 law has two primary objectives — protecting students’ information from being released to third parties without permission and allowing students access to their educational files. Upon request for admissions files, universities have 45 days to respond, according to FERPA. Farmer said UNC... Read More

Plaintiff in Harvard University Admissions Lawsuit Objects to Destruction of Student Records at Yale Law School

(Washington, DC) Today, Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) sent a letter to Peter Salovey, president of Yale University objecting to reports of the destruction of student records at Yale University law school. A similar letter was sent to the presidents of the other Ivy League universities except Harvard. The letters to Yale, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Princeton, Penn, and Dartmouth can be found here. SFFA filed two lawsuits in November 2014 challenging the admissions policies at Harvard University and the Univ. of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. The lawsuit against Harvard asserts that the university has an unconstitutional racial quota that limits the number of Asians it will admit, as well as a racial balancing policy that the U.S. Supreme Court has forbidden in earlier litigation. According to an article in The New Republic (March 15, 2015), “Yale Law School Is Deleting Its Admissions Records, and There's Nothing Students Can Do About It” authored by Joseph... Read More

USA Today: Asians get the Ivy League’s Jewish treatment

Glenn Reynolds, writing in USA Today, authored the following op-ed about discrimination against Asians by Ivy League schools. Decades ago, the Ivy League colleges thought they had a problem: too many Jews. These recent immigrants, from a culture that prized education and academic achievement, had an unfortunate characteristic: They worked harder, studied longer and cared more about school. In short, they had all the attributes required for success in the Ivy League. Problem was, the Ivy League didn't really want them. Being first-generation students, these applicants didn't have rich alumni parents who would be likely to donate big bucks. Being from an ethnicity not associated with America's governing class, they didn't help the Ivy League with its biggest selling point — that going to college there provides an opportunity to rub shoulders with America's governing class. And they were seen as boring grinds who studied too hard and weren't much fun. The result was a change... Read More

PROJECT ON FAIR REPRESENTATION ANNOUNCES LAWSUITS CHALLENGING ADMISSIONS POLICIES AT HARVARD UNIV. AND UNIV. OF NORTH CAROLINA-CHAPEL HILL

Seeks additional students recently rejected from competitive universities (Washington, DC) Today, the Project on Fair Representation announces the filing of two lawsuits challenging the racial preference admissions policies of Harvard and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Read the complaint against Harvard Read the complaint against UNC-Chapel Hill The plaintiff in both lawsuits—Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA)— is a newly-formed, nonprofit, membership organization whose members include  highly qualified students recently denied admission to both schools, highly qualified students who plan to apply to both schools, and their parents. The Harvard lawsuit alleges the university is engaging in a campaign of invidious discrimination by strictly limiting the number of Asian Americans it will admit each year and by engaging in racial balancing year after year. These discriminatory policies in college admissions are expressly forbidden by the Fourteenth... Read More

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