OFCCP Blog Spot
by Art Gutman Ph.D., Professor, Florida Institute of Technology
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
On August 17, 2009, Judge Sam Sparks of the US District Court for the Western District of Texas granted summary judgment to the University of Texas (UT) at Austin in a lawsuit by two white applicants claiming, via the 14th Amendment, that they were unfairly denied admission on the basis of race [556 F. Supp. 2d 603]. Citing the Supreme Court’s rulings in Grutter v. Bollinger (2003) and Parents v. Seattle School District (2007), Judge Sparks ruled that UT had a compelling government interest in achieving diversity in their undergraduate programs, UT exhausted race-neutral methods in failed attempts to achieve diversity, and therefore, UT’s race-conscious plan was narrowly tailored toward the goal of achieving diversity.