Justice Department Accuses Harvard of Failing to Cooperate in Affirmative Action Probe

Harvard University t-shirts for sale in Harvard Square in Cambridge Massachusetts

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) is reportedly investigating Harvard University's use of race in its admissions process.

The Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division sent a letter to Harvard dated November 17 notifying the school it is being investigated under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Schools that are in violation of Title VI can be cut off from federal funds.

Additional correspondence obtained by CNN shows that the Justice Department formally notified Harvard it was under investigation on September 20 and since that time, lawyers for the agency and the school have been trading letters over the scope of the department's document requests, despite what Harvard noted were "its concerns about the highly unusual nature of this investigation".

The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating Harvard University over claims that it intentionally limits the number of Asian-American students it accepts.

"We sincerely hope that Harvard will quickly correct its non-compliance and return to its collaborative approach", the letter said, giving Harvard a new deadline of December 1.

In a separate letter, John Gore, acting assistant attorney general in theCivil Rights Division, said that more than two months had passed without Harvard supplying a single document, and that the university was out of compliance with its obligations under Title VI.

Robert Mugabe quits as Zimbabwe's president
Robert Mugabe has resigned as president of Zimbabwe after 37 years in power, the speaker of the country's parliament has said. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the people of Zimbabwe must choose their own government through elections.

The Journal reported that the DOJ is investigating similar allegations to a 2014 civil lawsuit filed by Students for Fair Admissions, which said the university admissions practices were in violation of us civil rights law and discriminated against Asian Americans.

The DOJ previously posted a job opening for lawyers willing to investigate another 2015 complaint Asian American students filed that alleges racial bias in Harvard's acceptance policies. These are claims also made in a 2014 federal court case filed by the anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions, which remains pending.

According to the Wall Street Journal report, a successful investigation could result in Harvard being forced to change their admissions policies. But critics said the ruling was narrow enough that other lawsuits could be filedto challenge affirmative action.

"The university will certainly comply with its obligations under Title VI", Harvard spokeswoman Anna Cowenhoven said in a statement on Tuesday. It stressed that it is not subject to redaction requirements and would not allow "entities under investigation to dictate what information qualifies as relevant to the investigation".

The Supreme Court has ruled repeatedly on affirmative action cases in higher education, most recently in June 2016, when it upheld a University of Texas policy that enables race to be a factor in admission decisions.

The school said earlier this year that just over half of the freshmen admitted in 2017 were women, more than one in five was Asian and nearly 15 percent African-American.

Related News:

  • Mount Agung in Bali erupts

    Mount Agung in Bali erupts

    The plume of ash has yet to affect air traffic, as Bali's worldwide airport remained open and flights were operating as scheduled. Mount Agung's alert status was lowered to the second-highest warning level last month after volcanic activity slowed.
    PSG join Barca, Man United in Griezmann race

    PSG join Barca, Man United in Griezmann race

    Griezmann instead seemed to perform a U-turn, signing a long-term deal and committing his future to the Spanish sides. It was my choice, I am happy with my choice, even though I have gone seven games without scoring.
    CBS fires Charlie Rose amid sexual harassment allegations

    CBS fires Charlie Rose amid sexual harassment allegations

    CBS, on which Rose has co-anchored CBS This Morning since 2012, has suspended the journalist pending an investigation. In a statement posted to Twitter , the veteran host said: "I deeply apologise for my inappropriate behavior".
  • Tencent becomes first Asian company to hit US$500bn market cap

    Tencent becomes first Asian company to hit US$500bn market cap

    Its initial public offering price started at $0.47 per share, and now has reached $53.76 per share as of Monday. The company has also invested in a number of Asian based start-ups including Uber's Indian rival, Ola.
    Pink And Kelly Clarkson's AMA Duet Is Giving Everyone Chills

    Pink And Kelly Clarkson's AMA Duet Is Giving Everyone Chills

    Bruno Mars wasn't at the American Music Awards on Sunday night, but he was the big victor with seven awards, including entertainer of the year.
    FCC targets net neutrality

    FCC targets net neutrality

    But proponents of the net neutrality rules say that provides a strong enforcement grounding to protect consumers. Pai said he presented his proposal to fellow FCC commissioners today, and set for a vote on December 14.
  • Collapse of rivals boosts easyJet growth

    Collapse of rivals boosts easyJet growth

    Its rival Monarch collapsed last month , while Alitalia and Air Berlin went into administration earlier in the year. Forward bookings are ahead of past year at 88 percent for the first quarter and 26 percent for the second quarter.
    Former Atlanta Braves GM John Coppolella given lifetime ban from baseball

    Former Atlanta Braves GM John Coppolella given lifetime ban from baseball

    The Braves were forced to give up 12 prospects they had signed for an excess of $20 million due to their rule violations. The Atlanta Braves were docked 12 players and a draft pick for violating MLB's global prospect signing rules.
    Manhattan prosecutors charge Iranian hacker over Game of Thrones sabotage

    Manhattan prosecutors charge Iranian hacker over Game of Thrones sabotage

    Behzad Mesri, also known online as Skote Vahshat , is an Iran-based computer hacker, the U.S. No actual Thrones video was ever leaked as part of this particular HBO hack, however.
  • Another round of freezing temperatures on Thanksgiving morning

    Another round of freezing temperatures on Thanksgiving morning

    At Los Angeles International Airport, temperatures will reach 86 and 84 on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. High clouds will be rather thick throughout the morning Tuesday , but will thin out during the afternoon.
    IKEA Recalls Dresser After Eighth Child Death

    IKEA Recalls Dresser After Eighth Child Death

    Petersson said Ikea has had an "extensive communication" campaign through social media, its website and television and print ads. That do not comply with U.S. voluntary industry standards, including an estimated 8 million items under the Malm design.
    Trump, Putin stress need to ensure 'stability of a unified

    Trump, Putin stress need to ensure 'stability of a unified

    The civil war, which began in March 2011, has killed about 400,000 people and left millions... Mr Assad's office confirmed the visit on its Facebook page.

Most liked

Pilot killed after military jet crashes outside Texas Air Force base
The two pilots were on Monday flying T-38 Talon, a twin-engine supersonic jet assigned to Laughlin Air Force Base near Del Rio. Some eyewitnesses reported seeing a parachute and one pilot descending to the ground, the Del Rio News-Herald reported.

Champions League: Conte reveals what Chelsea must do against Qarabag to qualify
Why? Every team has the possibility to go through. "I don't want to find an excuse, but this is the reality". A fact not lost on Conte as he juggles the fixture pile up and the demands of TV companies.

Volvo to supply "tens of thousands" of autonomous cars to Uber
Volvo has announced an agreement to sell a fleet of autonomous driving compatible vehicles to ride-sharing firm Uber . The ride-sharing service has signed an agreement with Volvo to by tens of thousands of driverless cars.

Eagles and Jimmy Buffet announce Denver concert for 2018
In terms of tunes, Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band dropped the beach-themed Christmas album 'Tis the SeaSon previous year . The tour will hit Orlando's Camping World Stadium on April 14 before moving to Miami's Hard Rock Stadium on April 15.

Massive gas line fire burns near Detroit
Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard says the office's phone lines, including 911, were down as a result of the fire. The fire started on vacant land around 10 p.m.in the area near Brown and Joclyn roads, across from Great Lake Crossing.

November update to Splatoon 2 adds, just, loads of stuff
This adds Clam Blitz to the game mode rotation, requiring players to pick up clams scattered around the stage. A huge Splatoon 2 content drop is coming later this week, Nintendo has recently advised (via Polygon ).

Jk: Three LeT Pakistani Terrorists Killed In Handwara
The authorities here said that with the killing of three more militants, the toll has risen to 21 in the first 21 days of November.

MPs draft bill to close loopholes used by 'sharing economy' employers
Whilst the report is considered to be going in the right direction, unions fear there is still a long way to go. The draft bill would assume " worker by default ", to make firms pay holiday and sick pay.

Interstellar object confirmed to be from another solar system
When 'Oumuamua was detected by the Hawaiian Pan-STARRS 1 telescope, it was nearly mistaken for just another asteroid. Now, new data reveal the interstellar interloper to be a rocky, cigar-shaped object with a somewhat reddish hue.

Gwyneth Paltrow is Reportedly Engaged to Glee Co-Creator Brad Falchuk
We are parents first and foremost, to two incredibly wonderful children and we ask for their and our space and privacy to be respected at this hard time.

Nintendo's Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp coming to Play Store this week
If you have done the later already via an Australian My Nintendo account, then you're stuck using that account for the time being. Yesterday, it was reported that the latest Nintendo mobile game, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp was set to release on November 22.

Argentina says flares seen are unlikely to be from submarine
The communication attempts were originally thought to indicate that the crew was trying to re-establish contact. Rescue teams from Argentina, the United States, Britain, Chile and Brazil have joined the search effort.

Germany's Greens Party Ready for Talks on Forming New Government - Leader
She added: "We should talk about how we form a process that leads our country into a new, stable government". Either way, the setback has raised concerns about the political stability of Europe's largest economy.

Bitcoin rebounds to all-time high, shrugs off cryptocurrency hack
Tether on its website has mentioned that its issuance of cryptocurrency is intact even after this attack. As soon as the news broke out, Tether has fallen 0.3 percent in value according to coinmarketcap.com .

Nigeria police say at least 50 killed in mosque bombing
The town's name was changed temporarily to Madinatul Islam, or "City of Islam" in Arabic, during the brief Boko Haram occupation. The group is based in neighbouring Borno state and has been blamed for scores of similar attacks over the years.