The Project on Fair Representation (POFR) announced the filing of a complaint against the
University of Texas at Austin with the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S.
Department of Education. POFR asserts UT-Austin violated the law when race
and ethnicity were reintroduced in the undergraduate admissions process.
Edward Blum, director of POFR, said "UT's recent reintroduction of
racial preferences in undergraduate admissions is illegal, to say nothing
of being unfair and polarizing. The U.S. Department of Education needs to
end this practice before the next round of freshman applications is
The mission of the Project on Fair Representation (POFR) is to facilitate pro bono legal representation to political subdivisions and individuals that wish to challenge government distinctions and preferences made on the basis of race and ethnicity.
[For a copy of the complete news release and letter to the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, go to: