Statement by SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher on U.S. Supreme Court Ruling

June 23, 2016

"As public universities, we have a responsibility to our students to ensure that the demographics on our campuses and in our classrooms mirror that of the society in which they live and the workforce they will become a part of. This is the very reason SUNY recently put in place a sweeping new diversity policy that we believe will help us become the most inclusive system of higher education in the country.

"While not often the deciding factors, race and ethnicity are some of the many considerations taken into account as colleges and universities decide whether a student should be enrolled. Today's Supreme Court decision upholding this practice at the University of Texas at Austin affirms diversity and inclusion as a meaningful, worthwhile, and absolutely necessary priority in public higher education."

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