Six Texas Medical Schools, Including Texas Tech, Sued For Alleged Discrimination In Admissions
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock is among a group of six medical schools in Texas that have been sued by one potential medical student who applied to all six schools.
George Strewart, who filed the lawsuit, graduated from the University of Texas with a 3.96 GPA and a 511 score on the medical school entrance exam. According to TheTexan.News, the lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas in Lubbock and it alleges that the medical schools named in the lawsuit discriminate on account of race and sex when admitting students.
According to TheTexan.News, Stewart spent two years applying to the six schools.
For two years he applied to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center; Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin; McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston; John Sealy School of Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston; Long School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio; and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
After being rejected by all, Stewart sought admissions data through an open records request to find out the GPA, MCAT score, race, and sex of all applicants in the 2021-22 application cycle.
According to his court filing, the GPA and MCAT scores of admitted black and Hispanic students were lower than those of white and Asian students.
The plaintiff also claims that statistics he gathered show that female students were admitted at some of the medical schools even though they had lower MCAT scores than male applicants.
The lawsuit asks that a previous case, Grutter v. Bollinger which allows for race to be used in a narrow way for diversity contribution.