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IU aligns policies to recent Supreme Court decision

As part of its continuing commitment to foster a diverse and inclusive environment, Indiana University has aligned policies and procedures in accordance with this summer’s Supreme Court ruling related to affirmative action.

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court restricted how colleges can use race in admissions decisions, a ruling that struck down the affirmative action programs at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina. Specifically in response to the court’s action, IU will not consider race as a factor among factors in the admission to undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree programs.

For now, no changes will be made to pathway or scholarship programs.

If the federal government issues further guidance related to the decision, faculty and staff will be apprised.

The information below addresses general questions related to the court decision:

How did IU’s admissions process change because of the Supreme Court decision on affirmative action?

IU has aligned policies and procedures in accordance with the recent Supreme Court ruling related to affirmative action. Specifically, IU will not consider race as a factor among factors for admission to undergraduate, graduate or professional degree programs. IU remains committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment that prepares students for a globally interconnected world.

What steps do staff members not engaged in admission practices need to take because of the Supreme Court decision?

Staff members who are not part of the admission process should pursue all current practices and protocols – no differing actions are needed at this time. If this circumstance changes, timely and relevant information will be shared. Staff members who have admission responsibilities have already adjusted practices to align with the Supreme Court decision.

How will IU’s recruitment efforts change because of the Supreme Court decision?

IU will continue to actively recruit students in a way that emphasizes a diverse campus community. This includes pathway programs that encourage minority student applicants.

What about students with scholarships or those applying for scholarships?

The Supreme Court ruling did not impact scholarships; therefore, no changes have been made to IU’s scholarship process. If this circumstance changes, timely and relevant information will be shared.