Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

U.S. Supreme Court to hear Texas affirmative action case

An affirmative action case heading for the Supreme Court of the United States most likely will not impact U-M, leaders say.

The high court agreed Tuesday to hear a case brought by a woman who says she was denied admission to the University of Texas because she is white.

Nearly nine years ago, U-M defended its previous admission policies against a similar challenge. On June 23, 2003, justices upheld the ability of university admission processes to consider race as one of many factors to promote a diverse student body.

In November 2006, Michigan voters approved Proposal 2, which amended the state constitution to prohibit discrimination and preferential treatment based on race, ethnicity, sex, or national origin in public education, public employment and public contracting.

As a result of the 2006 state constitutional amendment, the university likely will be unaffected by any decision the U.S. Supreme Court may make in the Texas case, says Kelly Cunningham, director of public affairs.