Students For Fair Admissions filed a federal lawsuit against UNC in 2014 for placing too much significance on race and ethnicity during the application process — a process the group argues is unfair toward white students and students of Asian descent. In summary judgment, both sides submit a brief detailing their arguments to the judge, who then decides whether to proceed with or without a trial.
The SFFA is not looking for money, it only wants UNC to stop any consideration of race during the application process, overturning U.S. Supreme Court precedent. The group is also suing Harvard University for similar issues.
UNC argues in its brief that its admissions approach is constitutional because it has compelling interest in racial consideration in the admissions process, and their practice is narrowly tailored to achieve that interest. These standards were upheld in the 2016 landmark Fisher v. University of Texas case, in which the Supreme Court ruled in favor of UT’s use of race in admissions.
But SFFA disagrees. The group claims UNC considers race as a dominant factor and has not considered enough “race-neutral” alternatives.