Supreme Court to hear Fisher v. UT in October

Bobby Blanchard

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for Fisher v. University of Texas, a case questioning UT's affirmative action admission policy, on October 10.

Brought forth by plaintiff Abigail Fisher, who claims she was denied admission to UT because she is white, the suit asks if considering race and ethnicity in the admissions process is constitutional. UT started taking race and ethnicity into account for admissions in 2003, after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of diversity promotion in Grutter v. Bollinger.

The majority of UT students are admitted automatically because of a state law that requires schools to accept students who fall in a certain percentage of their high school class rank.

Throughout October, the court generally hears two arguments a day, each lasting one hour. The oral arguments are open to the public, but the court has private conferences during this time to discuss the case and to take a preliminary vote.