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UT System Chancellor responds to Supreme Court ruling

AUSTIN – Please see the following statement from The University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., regarding the Supreme Court ruling in the case of Fisher v. The University of Texas at Austin. The ruling relates to the use of race and ethnicity as one factor in determining college admissions. 

“We are pleased that the Supreme Court believes there is compelling governmental interest in assuring diversity at our nation’s universities and encouraged that the Court upheld its ruling in the Grutter case, a landmark decision that gave public universities the ability to use race as one of multiple factors in determining admissions. 

“Today’s decision sends the case back to the lower court to take a closer look at UT Austin’s admissions policy to ensure it follows the standards laid out in Grutter. 

“We stand ready to assist in any way possible in defending UT Austin’s admissions policy on remand and will seek to maintain a policy that sustains a diverse student population and follows the guidelines the Court has provided us. We respect the Court’s decision and sincerely appreciate its careful deliberation on this important matter.”

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