Court rules that University of Texas may use race as a factor in admissions

By Jennifer Pilgrim,

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 marked the day in which a 5th United States circuit court of appeals ruled 2 to 1 that barring the University of Texas from using race in its undergraduate admissions policy would hurt diversity on campus. The decision comes a year after the U.S. Supreme Court referred the case to a lower court.

The case was originally brought before the Supreme Court in 2013, reports the Guardian. At the time, the court voted to send the issue back down to a lower court, and the University of Texas did not have any changes in its admissions policy. The case was originally brought about by Abigail Fisher. She applied for the University of Texas and, after rejection, claimed it was due to her ethnicity.

She has since graduated from Louisiana State University, reports Reuters, but has stated she will remain committed to continuing the lawsuit, even possibly sending it back up to the Supreme Court.

For more information, the case is officially documented as: Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin et al, 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, No. 09-50822.

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