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Constitutional Law Keyed to Barnett
Regents of the University of California v. Bakke
Citation:438 U.S. 265 (1978)
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The medical school at University of California, Davis (petitioner) had an admission requirement that a certain number of students from minority groups be admitted every year. The regular admissions procedure automatically excluded students who had less than a 2.5 grade point average (GPA). The school also had a special admissions procedure for students from disadvantaged backgrounds; those students were screened by a separate committee and were not automatically rejected if they had not met the 2.5 GPA cut off. The faculty voted on a certain number of applicants from the separated admissions procedure who would be admitted every year. Respondent Bakke applied to U.C. Davis Medical School twice through the regular admissions process and was rejected both years, although students who were screened in the special admissions procedures (some of whom had lower test scores and GPAs than Bakke) were admitted.
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