University of North Carolina defeats challenge to race-based admissions policies


Oct 18 (Reuters) – A federal decide on Monday dominated the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill didn’t discriminate in opposition to white and Asian American candidates in a intently watched case difficult the consideration of race in undergraduate pupil admissions.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Loretta Biggs in Winston-Salem got here in a lawsuit by Students for Fair Admissions, a bunch based by conservative anti-affirmative motion activist Edward Blum that’s pursuing an identical case in opposition to Harvard University.

SFFA is interesting its loss within the Harvard case to the U.S. Supreme Court, probably giving its conservative majority an opportunity to finish affirmative motion policies used to improve the quantity of Black and Hispanic college students on American campuses. learn extra

In the UNC case, SFFA accused the varsity of violating the U.S. Constitution and the Civil Rights Act by making race the predominant consider its admissions course of to favor Black and Hispanic candidates to the detriment of white and Asian American candidates.

But Biggs stated UNC’s consideration of race was narrowly tailor-made, constitutionally permissible and furthered a “compelling and substantial interest in pursuing and attaining the educational benefits of diversity.”

In a 161-page ruling, she stated that whereas no pupil must be admitted solely based mostly on race, ignoring it “misses important context to include obscuring racial barriers and obstacles that have been faced, overcome and are yet to be overcome.”

Beth Keith, a UNC spokesperson, stated the ruling “makes clear the university’s holistic admissions approach is lawful.”

Blum in a press release vowed to enchantment the ruling to a federal appeals court docket and probably to the Supreme Court, saying paperwork and knowledge introduced at trial “revealed UNC’s systematic discrimination against non-minority applicants.”

His group equally accused Harvard of discriminating in opposition to Asian Americans and interesting in impermissible “racial balancing.” But a federal appeals court docket final 12 months upheld the varsity’s policies.

Reporting by Nate Raymond in Boston; Editing by Cynthia Osterman

Students sit on the steps of Wilson Library on the campus of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, September 20, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake