Affirmative action upheld
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DECEMBER 14, 2000

Judge Patrick J. Duggan for the District Court of Michigan in Detroit upheld the affirmative action policy used by the admissions program of the University of Michigan.

The school had been sued by the same group which struck down affirmative action in Texas. However, Duggan said the university had a "compelling interest" in ensuring campus diversity.

The ruling puts it in line with the 9th Circuit, where an appeals judge upheld the use of race in college admissions. But it puts it in conflict with the 5th Circuit, potentially putting the dispute before the Supreme Court for resolution.

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Use of Race in Admissions Upheld (The Washington Post 12/14)