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GA Tech Prof: ‘If You Don’t Like Harvard’s Admissions Policy, Don’t Go To Harvard’

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A Georgia Tech professor said Friday on Twitter that “if you don’t like Harvard’s admissions policy, don’t go to Harvard.”

Georgia Tech public policy professor Milton Mueller was conversing with another Twitter user over the Ivy League university’s use of race in its admissions process.

“If diversity is ‘sometimes good’ as you have admitted, then allow private actors to try various methods of achieving it,” Mueller told the user. “If you don’t like Harvard’s admissions policy, don’t go to Harvard go somewhere else.”

Harvard University is embroiled in a lawsuit filed by Students for Fair Admissions, alleging that the school discriminates against Asian-American applicants. The plaintiff asserted Friday that while Asian-American applicants outscored those from other races when measured by test scores, grades and extracurricular activities, Harvard consistently docked them when it came to categories like “likability,” “positive personality” and “widely respected.” (RELATED: Harvard Docked Asian American Applicants For Personality, Lawsuit Alleges)

Mueller elaborated on his position concerning affirmative action, suggesting that it was fine if private institutions performed it, just not the government, after Quillette founder and editor Claire Lehmann said the Harvard scandal indicated that “diversity” was often code for racial discrimination.

“Are you saying people have a legal right to be admitted to Harvard based entirely on their test scores?” the professor asked Lehmann. “That government can dictate who gets in and who doesn’t? Do you think a private university has no right to balance their admissions?”

“I assumed that in the U.S. people had a legal right not to be discriminated against according to race,” the editor responded. “Am I mistaken?”

Title VI of the civil rights act prevents private institutions from discriminating on the basis of race if they are receiving federal money, which Harvard is,” University of New Mexico professor Nick Flor replied to Lehmann.

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