The Supreme Court ruled Thursday to uphold the University of Texas’ affirmative action program, which ensures the admission of minority students, NBC News reports.
In a 4-3 ruling, the court ruled that the Texas program is constitutional, according to POLITICO.
In their decision, the Justices wrote:
“The Court’s affirmance of the University’s admissions policy today does not necessarily mean the University may rely on that same policy without refinement,” the court wrote in its majority opinion.”It is the University’s ongoing obligation to engage in constant deliberation and continued reflection regarding its admissions policies.”
Plaintiff Abigail Noel Fisher, a White woman from Texas, initially challenged the school’s program in 2008, arguing that the affirmative action policy was unfair and barred her admittance from the school. She claimed she was the victim of racial discrimination and filed her case in the Supreme Court.
SCOTUS sent the case to a lower court, with instructions on how to approach the matter. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit ruled in Fisher’s favor, finding the program unconstitutional. After, Fisher took the case back to SCOTUS, who ruled in the school’s favor on Thursday.