West Point Sued

September 20, 2023
West Point campus in New York

… no level of deference justifies these polarizing and disliked racial classifications and preferences in admissions to West Point or any of our service academies.

Students For Fair Admissions (SFFA) President Edward Blum said in a statement on the organization’s website after the group announced a lawsuit against West Point and its affirmative action policies.

The Big Picture: A group titled "Students For Fair Admissions" (SFFA) is suing the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The group is suing to eliminate "all racial considerations in the service academy's admission program" (NPR). This is the same group that sued Harvard and the University of North Carolina and won the U.S. Supreme Court case banning affirmative action in higher education in June. However, the Supreme Court ban does not apply to military schools.

The West Point lawsuit is expected to reach the Supreme Court in 2024.

From SFFA: In a statement from their website, they said, "West Point is violating the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution. The Fifth Amendment contains an equal-protection principle that binds the entire federal government and is no less strict and demanding than the Equal Protection Clause that binds the States and all public entities."

From West Point: Their website says the academy is "fully committed to affirmative action and to its policies of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity in all programs, and activities without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, and sexual orientation."

Group sues West Point, seeking to ban affirmative action in admissions (NPR)

Anti-affirmative action group sues West Point over race-conscious admissions (Politico)

Students for Fair Admissions Files Lawsuit Challenging Racial and Ethnic Admissions Policies at West Point (Students for Fair Admissions)

by Jenna Lee,