Supreme Court rules against Sugar Land woman, upholds UT’s affirmative action admissions policy

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Supremes have spoken-- and it is Affirmative!

The high court ruled 4 to 3 to uphold affirmative action in admissions at The University of Texas at Austin.

The landmark case of Fisher v. the University of Texas went to the Supreme Court last year, as Sugar Land native Abigail Fisher, a white woman, sued the university claiming her admissions application was denied based on her race.

Many are applauding the Supreme Court's decision as a victory for diversity in higher education.

"The overwhelming majority of the student body is really pleased with this decision," UT Student Body President Kevin Helgren declared.

UT President Greg Fenves said on Twitter, "I deeply believe in the benefits of diversity in education. I'm pleased that SCOTUS has reaffirmed its importance."

Texas Senator Rodney Ellis was also thrilled, issuing a statement saying, "The Supreme Court recognized that we cannot afford to roll back the clock on a half century of progress."

But not everyone was cheering the decision.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton praised the institution of UT, but said, "The opportunities it offers should be available to all students based on their merit, not the color of their skin."

But UT's student body president disagrees. "The University of Texas is a rigorous, prestigious, and competitive institution," Helgren noted. "And if we gave everyone who had a 3.5 GPA admission, we'd have more bodies than we'd know what to deal with."

Only seven justices participated in the case since Justice Elena Kagan recused herself because of her prior work with affirmative action, and the late Justice Antonin Scalia's seat remains vacant.

While some may keep the debate alive, the Supreme Court has ruled...and diversity is here to stay.

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