BOSTON (AP) — Affirmative action policies at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have been challenged in court.
A lawsuit against Harvard alleges the university limits the number of Asian-Americans it admits each year, arguing that white, black, and Hispanic applicants are given racial preferences over better qualified Asian-American applicants.
The lawsuit against UNC alleges the university is not in compliance with a Supreme Court ruling that concluded colleges trying to diversify their student population should pursue ‘‘race-neutral alternatives’’ first, rather than race-based affirmative action policies.
The suits were filed Monday in Boston and Greensboro, North Carolina, by the Project on Fair Representation.
The plaintiff in both is Students for Fair Admissions, a nonprofit whose members include students and parents.
The universities didn’t respond to requests for comment.