Affirmative Action Reaction

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University of Michigan president Mary Sue Coleman says, "This is a tremendous victory for the University of Michigan, for all of higher education, and for the hundreds of groups and individuals who supported us.''

Coleman says the rulings allow the university to continue pursuing diversity.

She says the university will modify its undergraduate admissions policy to comply with the ruling. But, she adds the new system will continue a commitment to a diverse student body.

The outgoing dean of the UM Law School says the decision in favor of the law school's policy means there is no longer a question of whether affirmative action is legal. It is how to hasten the day when affirmative action is no longer needed.

Michigan students weighed in on the Supreme Court's split ruling Monday.

Spiro Pantazatos is pleased the court upheld the University of Michigan's law school admissions policy.

He says, "I think it is important that people realize that social situations are still not equal.''

Robert Goodspeed is chair of the undergraduate chapter of the ACLU campus.

He says the law school decision is "a step forward for the cause of social justice in America.''

Michele Mitchell, an assistant professor who teaches history courses at the university, says she hopes the ruling, "is going to have a positive effect.''

Mitchell says. "It seems to me that the racial climate on campuses has been deteriorating.''