Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Harvard Admissions Case

Affirmative action precedent is being challenged. 

The Supreme Court announced it would hear one of two cases on October 31 that has the potential to dismantle a 40-year precedent of race-based affirmative action at university admissions. 

Students for Fair Admissions Inc. (SFFA) v. President & Fellows of Harvard College is one of two cases to come before the Supreme Court that challenges race as an admissions factor. Such a ruling would overturn the precedent case, Grutter v. Bollinger.   

The case also seeks to answer whether Harvard College violated Title VI of the Civil Rights Act through its alleged discrimination against Asian American students. Harvard University has maintained that it has not discriminated in its admissions process whatsoever, claiming that SFFA failed to prove its argument in lower courts. 

In 2003, the Supreme Court ruled that the use of race as an admissions factor was not unconstitutional as long as it was narrowly tailored to further the compelling interests of obtaining the educational benefits available in a diverse student body. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For discernment for the Supreme Court justices as they determine which cases to hear this term.
  • For God to guide the justices in their discussions and decisions.
  • For educators and administrators in colleges and universities as they navigate civil rights law and affirmative action regulations.

Sources: Fox News, Law360


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