UNC’s affirmative action case is moving forward as the University files a response to the group suing the school on account of its admission practices.
Yesterday, UNC filed their response to Students for Fair Admissions’ motion for summary judgement, arguing that the group has repeatedly misrepresented the facts.
The SFFA is suing UNC for racial bias in its application process against students who are white or of Asian descent. The group filed for summary judgment in January — a process in which both sides submit a brief detailing their arguments to the judge. The judge then decides whether or not to proceed with a trial.
In their motion for summary judgment, the SFFA argued that UNC failed to consider race-neutral alternatives and that readers evaluate test scores differently based on the applicants race. They argue that UNC highlights race as a key factor for admission, while the University claims they do not.
UNC’s response reasserts the University’s stance that its admissions process serves a compelling interest due to the educational benefits of diversity and that their process is narrowly tailored to achieve that interest.