Supreme Court hears arguments in UT-Austin affirmative action case

Abigail Fisher, who was rejected from the university in 2008, argues that its race-conscious admissions policy violated her constitutional rights

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in the high-profile case Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, which could determine the future of affirmative action in public university admission.

Abigail Fisher, a white woman, was rejected from the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin) in 2008. Fisher subsequently sued the school, arguing that its race-conscious admissions policy was discriminatory and violated her right to equal protection. Both a district court and the 5th Circuit have found the school’s admissions process, which considers race as one factor when evaluating applicants, to be constitutional.

Alanna Byrne

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