Judge: Harvard Can Hide Admissions Data Like Coke Hides Its Recipe

Rob Shimshock | Education Reporter

The judge weighing a lawsuit alleging discrimination by Harvard University against Asian Americans said Tuesday that the university could conceal its admissions data in the same fashion that Coke hides its recipe.

U.S. District Judge Allison D. Burroughs made the remark during a pretrial court session to the legal battle between the Ivy League university and Students for Fair Admissions, a nonprofit opposed to racial affirmative action, reported The Washington Post. The parties met Tuesday to determine how much Harvard admissions information would stay confidential when the plaintiff seeks summary judgment.

“You don’t need to put the recipe for Coke into the motion,” Burroughs told the lawyers. “But you can allude to the fact that there is a recipe for Coke.”

Students for Fair Admissions alleges that Harvard rejects qualified applicants based on their race. However, Harvard denies the charge, stating that race is one element in a holistic admission review process and that it views student body diversity as a critical educational value.

“We’re very happy that there’s going to be a prompt trial,” Harvard attorney William F. Lee said, according to WaPo.

Asian Americans constitute roughly six percent of the American population, yet they comprise 22.2 percent of Harvard’s 2017 admissions class.

The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to Harvard and Students for Fair Admissions for comment but received none in time for press.

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