FILE - In this March 7, 2017 file photo, rowers paddle down the Charles River past the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. A federal judge in Boston is scheduled to hear closing arguments Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, in a highly publicized lawsuit alleging that elite Harvard discriminates against Asian-Americans. Much of the spotlight has been on affluent Chinese-Americans with stellar academic scores who say the college rejects Asians in favor of lesser-qualified applicants. They say factoring in race hurts Asian-Americans. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Harvard bias suit now in judge's hands

November 02, 2018 - 3:13 pm

BOSTON (AP) — It's now up to a federal judge to decide whether Harvard University discriminates against Asian-Americans in its admissions process.

Lawyers for both sides clashed in closing arguments Friday in a case that has reignited a debate over affirmative action.

The group Students for Fair Admissions says Harvard holds Asian-American applicants to a higher standard and discriminates against them through a "personal rating."

Harvard counters that race is one of many factors it considers and can only help an applicant's chances of getting in.

The trial has lasted three weeks with both sides calling on scholars and current and former Harvard employees to bolster their cases.

U.S. District Judge Allison D. Burroughs will decide the case but is not expected to rule immediately. It is expected to be appealed either way.

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