High Court Sidesteps Big Ruling on Affirmative Action

WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Supreme Court sidestepped a sweeping decision on the use of race-conscious school admission policies, ruling Monday on the criteria at the University of Texas and whether it violates the equal protection rights of some white applicants.


Abigail Noel Fisher sued the University of Texas after her college application was rejected in 2008.

The justices threw the case back to the lower courts for further review.

The court affirmed the use of race in the admissions process, but makes it harder for institutions to use such policies to achieve diversity.

The 7-1 decision avoids the larger constitutional issues.

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