President Encouraged by the Supreme Court's Ruling

Following is a statement from University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers regarding today's Supreme Court ruling in the case of Fisher versus University of Texas. The ruling relates to the use of ethnicity as one factor in determining college admissions.

"We're encouraged by the Supreme Court's ruling in this case.

 We will continue to defend the University's admission policy on remand in the lower court under the strict standards that the Court first articulated in the Bakke case, reaffirmed in the Grutter case, and laid out again today. We believe the University's policy fully satisfies those standards.

We remain committed to assembling a student body at The University of Texas at Austin that provides the educational benefits of diversity on campus while respecting the rights of all students and acting within the constitutional framework established by the Court.

Today's ruling will have no impact on admissions decisions we have already made or any immediate impact on our holistic admissions policies."


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Related Resources:

For more information about the court case, visit Legal Affairs: Fisher v. Texas.

For updates about the University of Texas at Austin admissions process after the Fisher decision, visit Be a Longhorn - Fisher landing page.

Read the news release about Fisher decision.

Supreme Court returns Fisher case to Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (President Bill Powers' Tower Talk blog)

Follow UT Austin's Facebook page, @UTAustin and @UTAustinNews for the latest updates.


Last updated: June 24, 2013 at 4:38 p.m.