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Education Department Dismisses Harvard Asian-American Discrimination Complaint

The U.S. Education Department dismissed a complaint against Harvard University alleging discrimination against Asian-American applicants in undergraduate admissions because a similar case is pending in federal court.

The department’s Office for Civil Rights rejected the complaint filed in May by more than 60 Asian-American groups, according to a letter from the agency obtained by Bloomberg. OCR confirmed that the complaint was dismissed.

Harvard is committed to diversity, spokeswoman Anna Cowenhoven said by e-mail. Twenty-one percent of students admitted as Harvard undergraduates are Asian-American, an increase from 17.6 percent a decade ago, she said.