MIT yesterday filed an amicus curiae brief before the United States Supreme Court in Fisher v. University of Texas, the affirmative action case before the Supreme Court this fall that will determine the next steps in how universities can use race as a factor in admissions.
Scores of briefs have been filed, and UTexas maintains an excellent web site with copies of them all, as well as supporting materials for the case including briefs and opinions from the lower court stages of the case.
According to MIT’s press release, MIT’s brief “supports the use of race as a criterion in undergraduate admissions. The case was brought by Abigail Fisher, a white applicant who sued the University of Texas in 2008 after being denied admission. She claims the consideration of race by the University of Texas is unconstitutional and in violation of federal civil rights statutes.”
MIT’s brief is joint with 13 other universities: Brown, UChicago, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, UPenn, Princeton, Stanford, Vanderbilt, and Yale.