Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Virginia Tech Reverses Decision on Affirmative Action. (Affirmative Action Watch)

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Virginia Tech Reverses Decision on Affirmative Action. (Affirmative Action Watch)

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BLACKSBURG, VA.

A month after the Black alumni of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, as well as others, expressed disapproval of the university's board of visitors' decision to bar the consideration of race and gender in campus admissions, hiring and financial aid processes, the board restored its affirmative action policy.

Despite assertions from the attorney general's office that some of its diversity programs are unconstitutional, the school's board of visitors voted 7-5 with one abstention to rescind a March 10 ban on preferences for racial minorities and other underrepresented groups in hiring, admissions and scholarships.

The vote came after a four-hour meeting punctuated by outbursts from a crowd of about 250 people, most supporters of affirmative action. The board called the special meeting after weeks of protest over its resolution in closed session to dismantle affirmative action (see Black Issues, April 10).

"We love diversity as much as you do," Vice Rector William Latham said to a chores of hissing from the crowd. "But we have to do it within the frame work of the law, and you only have to do it politically. …

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