Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Judge Rufuses to Stop UGA Preferences While Case Is Pending

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Judge Rufuses to Stop UGA Preferences While Case Is Pending

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SAVANNAH, Ga. - A federal judge has denied a motion that would have prevented the University of Georgia from continuing to use race as one of the factors for admitting borderline students while a class action lawsuit wends its way through the court.

The motion for a preliminary injunction had been before U.S. District Court Judge Avant Edenfield since last fall when the university's president, Dr. Michael Adams said the school would continue using race as a factor in admissions to ensure diversity (see Black Issues, Feb. 3.

In papers previously filed in the court, the state says continuing to use race in admissions poses "no real threat of impending injury" to a group of women who filed suit to block the practice.

"In addition, the manner in which race will continue to be used as a factor in admissions has not yet been finalized by the university," state officials say, adding that an immediate ban would be "inappropriate and premature."

Even though state Attorney General Thurbert Baker has said the university has a slim chance of winning its case in court, he filed the brief on behalf of the school.

"This court should not now put the brakes to a system that has served the university and the state well, that has resulted in the increased opportunity for a significant segment of our population," Baker says. …

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