Harvard University’s day in federal court is coming. In the Students for the Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College (Harvard Corporation), the University is being sued for allegedly discriminating against Asian American applicants. The Students for the Fair Admissions is being described as an anti-affirmation action group. Within the past month, Harvard sent out emails to applicants who applied for admission between the fall of 2009 and the spring of 2015, and advised them that their information may be used in the upcoming lawsuit against the University. The information that will be used includes academic, extracurricular and demographic information.
Some students who are interested in attending the University were polled on the recent decision to send applicant information to the court. The student’s reactions were mixed. Some students didn’t mind the possibility of their information being used, while others did. “Even though they are not giving out my name or social security number, I’m not so comfortable with the fact that all my academic and extracurricular information could be out there,” said College freshman Arjun Swaminathan, who applied to Harvard and has an older brother currently attending Harvard. “I don’t care that much … I’m just kind of a statistic, not really an actual person,” said College freshman Caroline Gibson, another past Harvard applicant.