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Statement from U of M President Kaler on U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 'Fisher v. University of Texas'

June 24, 2013

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler released the following statement today in response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Fisher v. University of Texas - its most recent case considering the use of affirmative action in college admission decisions.

"It appears from initial review that the Court has affirmed its 2003 decisions involving the University of Michigan, which approved race-conscious admissions programs in the context of holistic review of applicants when necessary to enhance student body diversity. I have asked the Office of the General Counsel to review the Supreme Court decision and to work with University administrators to identify whether any changes must be made to ensure continued compliance with the law. Once the review is completed, the Office of the General Counsel will also take a lead role in communicating key findings and sharing information with campus administrators whose work may be directly impacted by this Court decision.

While careful study and review of this most recent decision must occur, it is vitally important to understand that the University remains committed to access and equity. The University will remain steadfast in its commitment to achieving diversity in our classrooms and across our campuses, using many different means and in compliance with the law.

A strong commitment to diversity, equity, and access across our curriculum and our programs is critical to the University’s ability to work toward achieving its goal of developing an inclusive environment across all University of Minnesota campuses. The diversity of experiences, beliefs, cultures, and perspectives that students from across our state’s communities, as well as from other parts of our country and our globe, significantly enriches our campus communities. This diversity enhances the educational and co-curricular experiences of all of our students and ensures that our graduates are prepared to positively contribute to our society and succeed and thrive in a global economy.

Diversity, access, and equity are key tenets of the University of Minnesota. Our core values, our institution’s mission, and our student learning outcomes affirm the University’s commitment to diversity, access and equity across all of our campuses."

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