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Last modified: Monday, June 23, 2003

IU responds to Supreme Court decisions on affirmative action

NOTE: The following updates a statement from IU Interim President Gerald L. Bepko by adding a response from Charlie Nelms, IU vice president for student development and diversity, to today's U.S. Supreme Court decisions in two lawsuits involving the University of Michigan and its collegiate admissions policies. IU filed an amicus brief with the court in support of the University of Michigan in its affirmative action admissions policy case Grutter v. Bollinger.

"While we have completed only a cursory review of today's Supreme Court decisions in the Michigan cases, we are pleased that the Court has taken another important step in affirming the importance of diversity in higher education. The Court's rulings seem to ratify Indiana University's practices. Nevertheless, we will, very shortly, conduct a thorough review of all of our admissions policies and procedures so that we remain in full compliance with the law of the land."

-- Gerald L. Bepko, IU Interim President

"I'm pleased with the court's decision. It affirms the importance of diversity and the fact that race may be used among other factors in admissions decisions."

-- Charlie Nelms, IU Vice President for Student Development and Diversity