Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

U. Michigan Seeks Dismissal of Discrimination Suits

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

U. Michigan Seeks Dismissal of Discrimination Suits

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DETROIT -- The University of Michigan asked two federal judges, earlier this month, to uphold its admission policies in a summary judgment and not proceed with the trials of two discrimination lawsuits filed by White applicants.

The Center for Individual Rights, a Washington, D.C.-based group representing the plaintiffs, also filed a motion for a summary judgment a month ago with U.S. District Judges Patrick Duggan and Bernard Friedman in Detroit. In October 1997, the center sued on behalf of a White man and White woman denied admission to the College of Literature, Science and the Arts--the university's undergraduate liberal arts college. Two months later, it sued on behalf of a White woman denied admission to the University of Michigan Law School (see Black Issues, Jan. 21, 1999 and March 5, 1998).

The motions reiterate arguments made earlier by both sides. Each side claims their legal arguments are so strong that no trial is needed.

The White plaintiffs say they were denied admission, while the university admitted minorities with lower grades and test scores. …

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