The U.S. Department of Education has dismissed the complaint filed in May by groups alleging that Harvard discriminates against Asian Americans, according to news reports.
NBCNews.com cites a department spokesperson saying that the complaint was dismissed because it mimics an ongoing lawsuit.
Betty Hung from our coalition, which supports affirmative action in higher education, was quoted in the NBCNews.com story:
Betty Hung, policy director for Asian Americans Advancing Justice, a civil rights group, said she welcomed news that the U.S. Department of Education had closed the complaint against Harvard, but added that she remained troubled over the lawsuit’s intent to end affirmative action at Harvard and other American universities.
“Affirmative action policies help to level the playing field and to promote diverse university learning environments that are essential in our multiracial and multicultural society,” Hung, a 1993 Harvard College graduate, told NBC News in an email.
Equal opportunity is a cherished principle in American society that must be protected. Our universities should reflect our diverse democracy and expand opportunities for those students who have overcome significant barriers. Rather than letting ourselves be divided, we must come together to ensure increased opportunities and success for all students.