UC Sued for Affirmative Action Admissions and Data

By George Khoury, Esq. on November 19, 2018 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

There is very little doubt that the University of California values diversity at all its campuses statewide, however due to the state's ban on affirmative action, the universities' admissions systems have been race-neutral.

However, a UCLA professor who's been studying the data has filed a lawsuit because he has been refused updated data, and because he believes that schools have fell back into having admissions policies basically implementing affirmative action. Given the recentness of the Harvard race-based admissions trial, this recent lawsuit against the UC Regents is garnering a lot of attention.

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The case being made in the media against the UC system sounds a lot like the Harvard case that recently played out. In short, the UCLA professor alleges that Asian American students are being held back because preference is being given to other minority students.

Harvard and the UC system aren't the only ones who stand accused of discriminating against Asian applicants. Significantly, Yale had two separate federal investigations opened against it earlier this year related to Asian discrimination.

Notably, professor Richard Sander filed the case after having his request for data rejected. He had previously been provided with data in regard to the UC's admissions. Although Professor Sanders has offered to foot the bill, the Regents have nevertheless refused, which in turn, fuels his speculation that the Regents are hiding their failure to abide by the law.

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