Calling the implementation of Proposal 2 an “immediate crisis,” presidents of the state’s three largest universities on Monday asked a federal judge to delay the start of the ballot initiative and said the legal challenge would be their only attempt to fight the new constitutional amendment.
Leaders at the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University want to move the effective date of Proposal 2 from Dec. 23 to when fall 2007 admissions at the universities have been completed — typically in the spring or early summer.
The proposal banned race and gender preferences in public college admissions.
“We are cognizant of the voters’ decision, and we will comply with any applicable laws,” U-M President Mary Sue Coleman told The Detroit News. “But we want to be fair to this year’s applicants.”
Fair? Wouldn’t that require the schools to start treating all applicants without regard to race, as a large majority of voters have demanded, and to do it ASAP?
Detroit Free Press coverage here.