The Virginia General Assembly passed legislation that would bar admissions offices from giving special treatment to children of alumni and donors when they apply to the state’s public universities, sending the measure to Gov. Glenn Youngkin‘s (R-VA) desk.
The bill, sponsored by Democratic state Sen. Schuyler VanValkenburg, passed the state Senate last week, and companion legislation in the state House sponsored by Democratic state Del. Dan Helmer, passed on Tuesday.
VanValkenburg said in an interview with VPM News that the legislature began discussing the factors colleges consider when making admission decisions after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June 2023 that affirmation action, or considering race, cannot be a part of admissions decisions.
“I think what folks realized — including myself — was how big [of] a piece legacy