US v Virginia Brief.docx - US v Virginia 518 U.S 515(1996 Parties Appellee United States Appellant The State of Virginia Facts The Virginia Military

US v Virginia Brief.docx - US v Virginia 518 U.S 515(1996...

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US v. Virginia 518 U.S. 515 (1996) Parties: Appellee: United States Appellant: The State of Virginia Facts: The Virginia Military Institute (VMI) had a policy that limited enrollment to men. In 1990, VMI’s single- sex policy was finally challenged when a female high-school student, seeking admission to VMI, filed a complaint with the Attorney General. She alleged that VMI’s exclusively male admission policy violated the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. She was one of 347 women who had sent inquiries to VMI, none of which had received responses from VMI. Virginia argued that VMI’s “adversative” method of training was inherently unsuitable for women. It argued that, not only did single-sex education yield crucial educational benefits, but those benefits could not be made available to women without alterations that would destroy VMI’s traditional program. However, it acknowledged that there might be a potential problem with its policy, so it created an alternate program at Mary Baldwin College. This
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