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University of North Carolina Can Keep Affirmative Action, Judge Rules

Added 10-18-21 08:40:03pm EST - “Students for Fair Admissions vowed to immediately appeal in a case that appears destined for the Supreme Court.” - Nytimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nytimes.com: “University of North Carolina Can Keep Affirmative Action, Judge Rules”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Students for Fair Admissions vowed to immediately appeal in a case that appears destined for the Supreme Court.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill may continue using race as a factor in its admissions process, a federal judge ruled on Monday, rejecting the argument of a conservative nonprofit legal group that is attempting to dismantle college affirmative action policies across the country.

In her ruling, Judge Loretta C. Biggs said that the school’s use of race in deciding which students to admit was narrowly tailored, and that it had made an effort to consider race-neutral alternatives.

“U.N.C. has met its burden in demonstrating that it has a genuine and compelling interest in achieving the educational benefits of diversity,” said Judge Biggs of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. She added that the “educational benefits sought by the university are concrete and measurable and are not elusory and amorphous.”

The plaintiff, a group called Students for Fair Admissions, vowed to immediately appeal, and the case appeared destined for the Supreme Court, which is currently considering whether to hear a similar case against Harvard University.

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