Students for Fair Admissions (“SFFA”) v. President and Fellows of Harvard College (“Harvard”)
SFFA filed suit against Harvard in November 2014. Its complaint alleged that Harvard violated Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act in four ways: (1) by discriminating against Asian-American applicants, (2) by engaging in “racial balancing” in its admissions process, (3) by using race as more than a ‘plus’ factor and using it to fill more than a small number of seats in its freshman class, and (4) By failing to use race-neutral alternatives to achieve its diversity objectives.
Both the District Court and Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled in Harvard’s favor. SFFA is now seeking review of that result by the Supreme Court.