Affirmative Action Decision

By: Lori Jane Gliha
By: Lori Jane Gliha

"Five - four victory!" That's what several University of Michigan students were shouting Monday morning, after the United States Supreme Court ruled race may continue to play a limited role in a university's admission policy.

Several affirmative action supporters celebrated the 5-4 decision, which upheld the university's law school admission policy of using race as one of many factors for accepting law students into the school.

However, the Supreme Court handed down another decision. The justices struck down the university's undergraduate admission policy, which evaluates candidates on a point scale, giving minorities an automatic twenty points towards their admission total score of 150. Justices voted 6-3 against that policy, saying it's unconstitutional.

Despite the elimination of the point system, many students and activists continued celebrating, saying the justices ultimately recognized race can be a factor during an admission process.

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