Biden officials ask the Supreme Court to dismiss the Harvard affidavit case

The lawsuit alleges that Harvard facilitated admission of black and Hispanic students by the act of verifying the cost of Asian American students.

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On Wednesday President Joe Biden's administration urged the Supreme Court to refuse to hear a case against Harvard University that challenges its ability with other schools to view racism as a factor in the acceptance of students to promote diversity.

Judges in June asked administrators for their views on the case, which could give most of the law-abiding court 6-3 the opportunity to abolish verification policies used to increase the number of black and Spanish students on American campuses.

The Students for Fair Admissions, a group formed by an anti-agreement activist with Edward Blum, is appealing a decision in line with Harvard's practices of considering race and hopes to overturn a 2003 Supreme Court ruling that upheld these policies.

SFFA accuses Harvard of discriminating against Asian-American applicants by engaging in illegal “racial equity” to make it easier for Blacks and Hispanics to gain acceptance at the expense of Asian-American applicants.

But Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar briefly denied that it would be "an unusual step" for the court to review its previous decisions and call the case a "poor car" to do so.

The lawsuit alleges that Harvard's actions violated Article VI of the Human Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits racial discrimination under any state-funded program.

Prelogar said reconsidering its previous decisions would undermine universities "relying on the validity of a comprehensive, flexible process like Harvard's as a basis for establishing their admission policies."

Blum in a statement said the summary "sadly strives to further the racial segregation and popularity of college students," and urged the court to hear the case and another case related to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

But Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar briefly denied that it would be "an unusual step" for the court to review its previous decisions and call the case a "poor car" to do so.

The lawsu it alleges that Harv ard's actions violated Article VI of the Human Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits racial discrimin ation under  any state-funded program.

Har vard in a statem ent welco ed ma nagement support for similar policies to create a diverse campus.