Supreme Court to consider Harvard and UNC affirmative action policies

The Supreme Court announced Monday it would take up a pair of cases related to race-based admissions policies at two major universities, adding affirmative action to the hot-button issues justices are considering, along with abortion and gun rights.

Justices said they would hear challenges to policies at Harvard and the University of North Carolina that factor students’ race, among several other criteria, to decide who should be granted admission to the universities. The challenges were brought by the conservative nonprofit group Students for Fair Admissions.