U.S. Supreme Court upholds decision on Affirmative Action at University of Texas

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The University of Texas expressed its happiness at the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the school’s affirmative action program.

In a 4-3 decision, the court ruled that the Texas plan complied with earlier court rulings that allow colleges to consider race in pursuit of diversity on campus.

A white woman who was denied admission to Texas filed the lawsuit, claiming the university’s admissions process discriminated against her.

The university considers race among other factors when admitting the last quarter of incoming freshmen classes.

Gregory Vincent, University of Texas Vice President said, “We are so very thrilled about the Supreme Court decision. We believe this is an affirmation of the Constitutional policies that we have followed throughout this term. We believe the educational benefits of diversity are an important part of our educational experience. We believe that all students benefit from a diverse learning environment.
I think it’s a very positive view and positive impact on our community. Because what it says is that diversity matters. It recognizes that race matters in our society and it’s factored in in the appropriate way. It also sends a very powerful message that the educational benefits will help break down these stereotypes that continue to plague our community.”

Justice Samuel Alito, who joined the dissenters on the court, called the majority’s decision “simply wrong.”

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