Race-Based Admission Policy Upheld

Texas – A federal judge has dismissed a federal lawsuit that claimed undergraduate admissions policies at the University of Texas at Austin violate the Constitution and federal law.

U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks ruled Monday that UT's use of race and ethnicity as factors in admissions is constitutionally acceptable.

The lawsuit was filed last year by two white students whose applications had been rejected.

In 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed universities to use race as one of many decision-making factors.

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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