The group targeting affirmative action policies at both Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is asking the Supreme Court to hear both cases together.
Students for Fair Admission’s petition to the Supreme Court argues that the UNC Chapel Hill case should be fast-tracked and heard with the Harvard case, something the Supreme Court has done in the past when there are pending cases dealing with similar issues.
Many colleges and affirmative action advocates have feared that with a 6-3 conservative majority on the bench, the Supreme Court may be ready to overturn affirmative action and reverse decades of precedent.
AdvertisementFocus on Asian-American studentsUnlike previous affirmative action challenges, which have been brought on behalf of white students, the Harvard case centers around whether Asian American students are discriminated against because of affirmative action policies.
Edward Blum, who leads Students for Fair Admissions, has challenged affirmative action on behalf of white students in the past.