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New Legal Battles Await Colleges After SCOTUS' Affirmative-action Ruling

Diversity is now at stake

The Supreme Court of the United States' (SCOTUS) decision on Thursday barring race-conscious admissions policies will force universities to find new ways to attract a diverse student body – but experts said such efforts will likely open a new front in what has been a decades-long legal battle over race and college admissions.

The majority opinion, written by Chief Justice John Roberts and joined by the court's five other conservatives, held that giving some minority applicants a boost over others based on their race violated the U.S. Constitution.

But Roberts said admissions officers at colleges could consider "an applicant's discussion of how race affected his or her life, be it through discrimination, inspiration or otherwise," as long as they do so on an individual basis.

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