ERIC SCHMITT, Senator for Missouri

WASHINGTON – Today, Senator Eric Schmitt, alongside Missouri Reps. Eric Burlison (MO-07) and Mark Alford (MO-04), sent a letter urging the University of Missouri to disregard recent calls by Missouri Democratic representatives for the university to skirt the Supreme Court’s ruling on affirmative action in the college admissions process.

The Supreme Court ruled in June that policies requiring consideration of an applicant’s race in the admissions process, otherwise known as affirmative action, is unconstitutional. However, the lawmakers argue the Supreme Court’s decision was rushed, and that the University system should resume considering applicants’ races when considering them for admission,” the letter reads. “To revert back to putting an applicant’s race in the evaluated criteria for the admissions process would not just go against the Supreme Court’s decision, but it would tell potential students that what they look like is just as important as how prepared they are to go to college. A student’s admission to college should be based solely on their academic and extracurricular merit, not physical attributes. There is no logical reasoning for putting a student’s race on the same pedestal as their academic acuity, and to do so will only degrade the credibility of the university.”

“We write to you today to express serious concern with the representatives’ attempt to convince the University of Missouri System to ignore the Supreme Court ruling,” the letter continues. “As we understand, since the ruling was delivered in June, the University has rightly followed the law regarding the consideration of race in its admissions process. We contend their letter should be entirely disregarded as it only serves as a distraction from the great education the University of Missouri System offers.”