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A court ruling declaring the University of Georgia’s admissions policy unconstitutional because it considers race will not be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Board of Regents said Friday. Instead, the university will focus on recruitment efforts to increase the number of black students, the regents said. The case had been seen as a potential vehicle for a Supreme Court ruling on race-based admissions, but university President Michael Adams said similar admissions cases in other states may fare better. “We understand the legal posture and reasons for not going forward to the Supreme Court with this case,” he said. “But this in no way means that the University of Georgia’s commitment to achieving diversity has lessened one iota.” University system Chancellor Stephen Portch said he consulted Adams, the regents, Gov. Roy Barnes, the attorney general’s office and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People before making the decision. “There is nothing to be gained by appealing this case,” said Ted Shaw of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. In August, a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the admissions policy, which awarded race-based points to borderline students, violated the Constitution’s equal-protection clause. The decision upheld a ruling in favor of three white women who were denied admission in 1999. Under a 1978 Supreme Court ruling, universities may not use racial quotas, but may consider race as a factor when selecting students. Lower courts have interpreted that ruling differently. The 9th Circuit Court has sided with an experimental elementary school run by the University of California that considered race, but a 5th Circuit ruling led to an injunction banning Texas universities from using race as a factor. Copyright 2001 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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