St. Louis Public Radio News
3:29 pm
Mon June 23, 2003

SLU Officials Praise High Court Ruling

St. Louis – Monday's mixed U-S Supreme Court rulings on affirmative action at the University of Michigan are drawing praise from officials at Saint Louis University.

In a statement, officials said the rulings "further the compelling interest in obtaining the benefits of a diverse student body."

Earlier this year, anti-affirmative action groups criticized two pre-admission enrichment programs at Saint Louis University.

A spokesman says the programs are open to all students regardless of race, and have not been changed. The University declined further comment, pending a review of the high court's opinions.

In a 5-to-4 decision, justices allowed race to be used as a factor in the University of Michigan law school admissions. They also struck down 6-to-3 a separate, stronger affirmative action policy for undergraduates.