Discrimination Ruled a Non-Factor in Union College Admissions Case

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The U.S. Eight Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis has upheld a federal court decision that discrimination was not a factor in the case of a woman who was denied admission to a Lincoln College.

In 2002 Tarsha Baker filed a lawsuit against Union College. She applied on three occasions to the schools physician assistant program. She alleged in the lawsuit that racial discrimination was the reason she was not admitted.

U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf issued a summary judgment in September, ruling that Union College had a legitimate reason for not admitting Baker. According to the court record, Baker failed numerous classes and had an attendance problem.

The Court of Appeals also ruled that the district court did not abuse its discretion in considering evidence submitted by Union College. Baker had argued the district court erred in considering the evidence.