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Last modified: Monday, June 24, 2013

IU president issues statement on Fisher v. University of Texas ruling

June 24, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin.

Michael McRobbie

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"While we are disappointed that the court did not rule in favor of the University of Texas at Austin, we are pleased that the previously established principle of limited race-conscious admissions standards remains intact. Indiana University will analyze the decision carefully before taking any action as a result of the Fisher case. Regardless of its eventual impact on our admissions practices, IU remains steadfastly committed to its longstanding goal of providing outstanding educational opportunities to students from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, as is evidenced in this case by the university's decision to file an amicus brief in support of the University of Texas.

"We will continue to seek ways to strengthen our efforts in this very important area. Limited race-conscious admissions practices have proven to be an effective tool to extend vital educational opportunities to all students. It is essential for universities, especially public institutions such as Indiana University, to provide such opportunities and, in turn, ensure their student bodies reflect the diversity of the world in which we live.

"Providing opportunities for students from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups is not only the right thing to do, but the perspectives and experiences that a diverse student body brings to an IU education also represent a critical part of helping students be successful in the increasingly diverse and international 21st century. IU will continue to be as inclusive as possible in its admissions decisions within the bounds of the law."