NORMAN — Now that the dust has settled on the state questions approved by voters this past week, the real work begins on interpreting new laws.
State Question 759 bans preferential treatment in state colleges and universities. Several scholarships and other programs at the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University and other schools are race and gender based.
However, most are administered through the university’s private foundation and may not be impacted. At the state level, some of the state question’s opponents claim the change eliminates the veterans preference on state employment.
Both OU and OSU officials say they do not use race as a factor in student admissions. A Supreme Court case, brought by a Texas woman, claims she was denied admission on the basis that she is white.
The state question passed is similar to those approved in other states.