Posted on October 19, 2021

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Wins in Admissions-Discrimination Suit

Melissa Korn, Wall Street Journal, October 18, 2021

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill didn’t discriminate against white and Asian-American applicants in its undergraduate-admissions process, a federal judge ruled Monday, 11 months after the case went to trial.

The school was sued in federal court in North Carolina in 2014 by Students for Fair Admissions, a nonprofit group backed by conservative legal activist Ed Blum. {snip}

Students for Fair Admissions argued that UNC gave too much weight to applicants’ race, favoring Black, Hispanic and Native American applicants. They also said the school didn’t fully pursue race-neutral alternatives to diversify its student body.

U.S. District Judge Loretta Biggs said in her ruling that the school “continues to have much work to do” in its effort to improve diversity and inclusion but that it does comply with Supreme Court precedent regarding the consideration of race in admissions. {snip}

Mr. Blum said Students for Fair Admissions was disappointed by the court’s finding. He said the group will appeal the decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals and, if necessary, to the Supreme Court.