Wednesday, April 23, 2014
(Ann Arbor, MI) -- The University of Michigan is vowing to use every legal tool to bring together a diverse student body following a U.S. Supreme Court decision on the state's affirmative action ban. The court ruling yesterday found that voters had the right to outlaw the consideration of race in admissions to public universities and colleges in a 2006 amendment vote. State Attorney General Bill Schuette defended the ballot decision and says the court has created a level playing field. Two plaintiffs denied admission to U-of-M sued over an undergraduate affirmative action admissions policy in 1997, leading to the state constitutional amendment. A court ruling in favor of the university in that case still stands.