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Court allows U-M, MSU, Wayne State to complete this year's admissions and aid cycle under current rules

The University of Michigan and Michigan State and Wayne State universities will be able to delay the implementation of Proposal 2 with respect to admissions and financial aid until the end of the current cycle, a federal judge decided Dec. 19.

"We're pleased that all parties recognized the need to delay implementation of Proposal 2 with respect to admissions and financial aid until the conclusion of the current cycle in the interest of fairness to all applicants,” said Julie Peterson, associate vice president for media relations. The delay expires July 1, 2007.

The universities’ legal motion was filed before Judge David M. Lawson in U.S. District Court, in response to a lawsuit filed against the three universities on Nov. 8 by the Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action by Any Means Necessary and others.  The motion asked the court for limited, short-term relief to complete this year’s admissions and financial aid cycles using the same standards in place when the process began earlier this year.

Students began to apply for admission to next year’s entering class last summer, and will continue through the spring and early summer, when most students will have been admitted and offers of financial aid made and accepted. The universities’ motion recognized the need to assure current and future students, as well as private supporters of financial aid, of the intention to honor previous commitments.     

The presidents of each of the three universities, President Mary Sue Coleman of U-M, President Irvin D. Reid of Wayne State University, and President Lou Anna K. Simon of Michigan State University, have pledged that each of their campuses will work within the boundaries of the law to pursue a broadly diverse community. 

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