Nov. 12 (UPI) — Harvard College didn’t discriminate towards Asian-American candidates in its admission course of a First Circuit Appeals Court docket panel dominated Thursday, possible setting off a showdown on the U.S. Supreme Court docket.

The choice affirmed a ruling made in district courtroom that Harvard’s use of race in admissions was authorized. In September, U.S. District Choose Allison Burrough turned again allegations by some Asian American college students who claimed the varsity systematically discriminated towards them with its holistic admissions coverage.

“The problem earlier than us is whether or not Harvard’s restricted use of race in its admissions course of so as to obtain range within the interval in query is in step with the necessities of Supreme Court docket precedent,” Appeals Court docket Choose Sandra Lynch within the ruling. “There was no error.”

Harvard spokeswoman Rachael Dane mentioned Harvard continues to face by his admissions coverage.

“Right now’s resolution as soon as once more finds that Harvard’s admissions insurance policies are in step with Supreme Court docket precedent, and lawfully and appropriately pursue Harvard’s efforts to create a various campus that promotes studying and encourages mutual respect and understanding in our group,” Dane mentioned. “As we have now mentioned time and time once more, now is just not the time to show again the clock on range and alternative.”

College students for Truthful Admission, which introduced the lawsuit towards Harvard, hinted it can enchantment to the Supreme Court docket. Will probably be the primary affirmative motion case for the brand new conservative-leaning courtroom and Justice Amy Coney Barrett.

“Whereas we’re disenchanted with the opinion of the First Circuit Court docket of Appeals, our hopeis not misplaced,” Edward Blum, the president of the group, mentioned. “This lawsuit is now on monitor to go as much as the U.S. Supreme Court docket the place we’ll ask the justices to finish these unfair and unconstitutional race-based admissions insurance policies at Harvard and all schools and universities.”