A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider a recent decision that upheld the use of race in University of Texas undergraduate admissions.
Abigail Fisher's attorneys had asked the full 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a three-judge panel's previous ruling in July. That 2-1 ruling held that barring the university's "limited use of race" would hurt diversity on the Austin campus.
The New Orleans-based court denied Fisher's request Wednesday.
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Fisher, who is white, sued the university in 2008 after she was denied admission. The case went to the U.S. Supreme Court last year, but justices voted 7-1 to tell the lower appeals court to re-examine Fisher's arguments.
Fisher's attorneys say they will appeal again to the U.S. Supreme Court.