Statement on Supreme Court Affirmative Action Rulings

Richard L. McCormick, President
June 23, 2003

Today's historic Supreme Court rulings on affirmative action will have a profound impact on our society for many years to come. I applaud the court for determining that race may be considered among many factors in the college admissions process. The court has reaffirmed the value of diversity on our campuses and has given us guidance on the tools we may use to achieve it. Rutgers hails the court's validation of affirmative action.

The diversity of our student body is one of Rutgers' greatest strengths and a significant source of pride. We will continue to embrace diversity as a core value because it enriches the educational experience for all of our students and thus benefits our entire society.

In the days ahead we will study these important decisions and consider their implications for Rutgers' processes and programs.