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    West Point Sued over Using Race as an Admissions Factor in the Wake of Landmark Supreme Court Ruling

    West Point Sued over Using Race as an Admissions Factor in the Wake of Landmark Supreme Court Ruling

    West Point was accused in a federal lawsuit Tuesday of improperly using race and ethnicity as factors in admissions by the same group behind the legal challenge that resulted in the U.S. Supreme Court striking down affirmative action in college admissions.

    Students for Fair Admissions claims the U.S. Academy sets benchmarks for how many Black, Hispanic and Asian cadets there should be in each class. The lawsuit filed in 's Southern District claims West Point is violating the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which contains an equal-protection principle that binds the federal government.

    “Instead of admitting future cadets based on objective metrics and leadership potential, West Point focuses on race,” according to the complaint. “In fact, it openly publishes its racial composition ‘goals,' and its director of admissions brags that race is wholly determinative for hundreds if not thousands of applicants.”

    The academy said in a prepared statement that it “does not comment on ongoing litigation to protect the integrity of its outcome for all parties involved.“

    The filing comes after the Supreme Court in June struck down affirmative action in college admissions, forcing institutions of higher education to look for new ways to achieve diverse student bodies. The court's conservative majority invalidated admissions plans at Harvard University, and the University of North Carolina, the…

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