Legal defense foundation Project on Fair Representation filed the lawsuit Monday against UNC on behalf of Students for Fair Admissions Inc., claiming that UNC and Harvard University have violated applicants’ 14th Amendment rights.
“UNC-Chapel Hill’s undergraduate admissions policies and procedures have injured and continue to injure Plaintiff’s members by intentionally and unconstitutionally discriminating against them on the basis of their race and ethnicity,” the suit states.
The Supreme Court case Fisher v. University of Texas:
- Abigail Fisher, a white woman, claimed she was denied admission to the University of Texas because of affirmative action policies.
- The Supreme Court handed the case back down to lower courts in June 2013 after it ruled in favor of Fisher on the basis that the use of race in admissions violated her 14th Amendment rights.
- The Fifth Circuit voted in favor of the university and said it could use race as part of a holistic admissions process if it cannot achieve diversity any other way.
“Rather, UNC-Chapel Hill’s racial preference for each underrepresented minority student (which equates to a penalty imposed upon white and Asian-American applicants) is so large that race becomes the ‘defining feature of his or her application.’”
The plaintiff in UNC’s case is Students for Fair Admissions Inc., a group made up of students who have applied to competitive universities and been denied, along with parents, high school students and others, said Edward Blum, director of the Project on Fair Representation.