Red state university accused of giving more financial aid to Black students

FIRST ON FOX: Students at the University of Oklahoma on Wednesday filed a class action lawsuit alleging the school violated their equal protection clause rights by awarding students financial aid on the basis of race.

Plaintiffs Brayden Johnson, Logan Rhines and Kayla Savage — all undergraduate students — claimed in a lawsuit that the university “places a high value on racial diversity,” particularly Black students, through various “race conscious” programs on campus that begin before enrollment and continue through graduation.

“Racial discrimination in all of its forms is illegal and immoral, and we intend to vindicate that principle in this lawsuit,” attorney for the plaintiffs David Thompson told Fox News Digital in a statement.

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University of Oklahoma students are suing the school over alleged racial bias in financial aid, claiming violation of the Equal Protection Clause. (Brian Bahr/Contributor)

The lawsuit names the university’s president, Joseph Harroz, alongside chief enrollment officer Jeff Blahnik, director of financial aid services Courtney Henderson and student engagement director Dorion Billups as defendants.

The lawsuit comes after the Supreme Court held in a 2023 ruling that the use of race in admissions violated

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