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Harvard Asian-American discrimination lawsuit heading to trial

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    The Johnston gate frames the entrance to Harvard Yard, part of the Harvard University campus, in Cambridge, Mass., in April. A federal jury will decide a lawsuit alleging that Harvard University’s admissions practices unfairly discriminate against Asian-Americans.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. >> A federal jury will decide a lawsuit alleging that Harvard University’s admissions practices unfairly discriminate against Asian-Americans.

The judge overseeing the case rejected motions from both sides today asking to rule on their behalf. The judge says there’s still too much in dispute.

The group Students For Fair Admissions filed the suit in 2014. It says Asian-American applicants have the best academic records but the lowest admission rate among any race.

Harvard denies any bias and says it considers race only as one of many factors in deciding which students to admit.

Both sides have presented reports from economists that they say prove their case. The judge says it will require closer examination.

Trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 15.

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