Our statement on the Supreme Court’s affirmative action ruling

Jul 03, 2023 | Belonging & Access

Dear SJQ Community,

The United States Supreme Court’s decision to overturn affirmative action in college admission processes marks a significant change to the law. It does not, however, change our core commitments to anti-racism, equality, diversity, and inclusion.

As a public institution, the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law respects the decision of the Court while remaining accessible to people from all backgrounds. Unlike the universities involved in the litigation, the College of Law has never reserved seats for members of particular racial or ethnic groups. Instead, we apply a holistic review of applications that focuses on individual merit. Our enviable incoming student metrics, overwhelming student success on the bar exam and in the employment market, and the wide diversity in our students’ backgrounds and experiences is a testament to the success of our model.

Further, the court’s decision does not implicate admission issues related to tribal members. The University of Utah in general—and the College of Law in particular—deeply honors its relationship with Utah’s tribes and will continue to do so.

I strongly reaffirm our shared commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, belonging, and access for every member of our community. As administrators, faculty, staff, and students, we will continue to do everything within our ability to foster a welcoming, vibrant, and inclusive learning environment where every student may strive, flourish, and succeed during their legal education and beyond.

For those who may benefit from connecting with the variety of college and university resources, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our Student Affairs team at studentaffairs@law.utah.edu.

Elizabeth Kronk Warner
Jefferson B. and Rita E. Fordham Dean