Federal Lawsuit Filed Over UT Race-Based Admissions Policies

By: AP
By: AP


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A legal group that fights racial
preferences in schools filed suit against the University of Texas
today.
The federal lawsuit filed by the Washington-based Project on
Fair Representation alleges UT's undergraduate admissions policies
violate the U.S. Constitution and federal law.
The group is suing on behalf of Abigail Fisher of Richmond,
Texas. The group describes Fisher as a white student who finished
in the top 12 percent of her high school class but was rejected for
admission to UT-Austin.
In 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed universities to use race
as one of many decision-making factors. UT's minority enrollment is
now higher than at any time in the decade since lawmakers enacted
the top 10 percent law. It had just over 37,000 undergraduate
students in fall 2007. Of those, 6,700 were Hispanic and 1,700
black.
The lawsuit argues that the Supreme Court's ruling required
universities to make a good-faith effort to improve diversity using
race-neutral policies before resorting to racial preferences.

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