The Detroit Free Press reports that an agreement was reached yesterday that allows the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University to delay implementing the voter-approved ban on affirmative action. The agreement only affects the admissions and financial aid programs. After July 1, 2007 the universities will have to comply with the requirements of Proposal 2. It also requires the universities to dismiss claims that Proposal 2 is unconstitutional under the First Amendment and prohibits the universities from filing any new lawsuits on that basis.
Attorney General Mike Cox stated:
“The agreement is a reasonable compromise that serves the public interest by allowing the current admissions and financial aid cycles to be completed under existing policies, while confirming the constitutionality of Proposal 2 in light of the legal challenges launched against it by the universities.”