Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action Program at University of Texas

Plaintiff Abigail Noel Fisher speaks to the media after the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in her case against the University of Texas on Oct. 10, 2012, in Washington, D.C. The high court has now ruled that the university’s consideration of race in admissions is constitutional.
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The Supreme Court of the United States has upheld the University of Texas' affirmative action program, which helps minority students get admitted to the university, Politico reports.

In a 4-3 decision, the court ruled that "the race-conscious admissions program in use at the time of petitioner's application is lawful under the Equal Protection Clause," NPR notes.


It was the second time that the plaintiff, Abigail Noel Fisher, who didn't get into the University of Texas in 2008, had challenged the school's affirmative action policy before the high court, NPR notes. Fisher claimed that she was the victim of racial discrimination.

The first time, the Supreme Court sent the case back to a lower court, instructing it on how to approach the case. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit ruled that the program was constitutional, and Fisher took her case back to the Supreme Court.

Read more at Politico and NPR.

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