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Moravian College Comments on Court Ruling Affecting College Admissions

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) —Dr. Ervin J. Rokke, Moravian College president, released a statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decisions of Monday, June 23, regarding the University of Michigan Law School case addressing affirmative action in college admissions.

“We are pleased that the Supreme Court decisions announced this morning will not impede our pursuit of attracting an increasingly diverse and academically talented student body. The court's rulings, affirming that institutions of higher education may take race and ethnicity into account in order to achieve a diverse student body on campus, are consistent with the standard established in the Bakke decision and the position advocated by the National Association of Independent College and Universities (NAICU) and many other prestigious higher education associations.”

“At Moravian, we share a value that the best education brings together a diverse population of men and women in a climate that values equality, promotes mutual respect, and explores the benefits and challenges of living in an inclusive and pluralistic world. To that end, we are dedicated to developing an understanding and appreciation for multicultural perspectives in our campus community and providing opportunities for meaningful exchanges of ideas that stimulate social and cultural interaction.”

“Moravian seeks to fulfill its mission of bringing together men and women of all ages, races, and convictions or religious faiths in a climate that cherishes equality, fosters diversity, promotes mutual respect, rewards personal achievement, and develops individual character and potential.”

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Moravian College Web site at www.moravian.edu.