Harvard University is facing accusations of practising nepotism as a legal activist group initiated a case on Monday, seeking to eliminate preferential admissions treatment for applicants with familial connections to alumni or those who made financial contributions to the institution.
According to the group, this approach favours the wealthy. It constitutes a form of affirmative action that requires reconsideration, especially following the Supreme Court’s ruling, which significantly restricted race-based admissions.
As reported by The New York Times, three organizations from the Boston area have urged the Education Department to investigate Harvard’s admissions practices, alleging that the college discriminates against Black, Hispanic, and Asian students in favour of less qualified white students who have affiliations and access to alumni and donors.
Lawyers for Civil Rights have argued that a revision is necessary to ensure that merit remains the primary consideration for admissions.
“Why should we be rewarding individuals based on privileges and advantages inherited from previous generations?” questioned Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal, the organization’s executive director.
He further stated, “Your family name and the contents of your bank account should not be determining factors in the college admissions process.”
These allegations from left-leaning groups come shortly after the conservative group Students for Fair Admissions successfully appealed in the Supreme Court, further intensifying the pressure on Harvard and other esteemed universities to discontinue preferential treatment for legacy and donor descendants.