The Gratz v. Bollinger lawsuit challenging the University of Michigan’s use of affirmative action in admissions has ended after nearly a decade. A federal court last week approved a settlement in which the plaintiffs will receive $10,000 each to cover miscellaneous costs, but no damages. The case was heard in 2003 by the U.S. Supreme Court, which narrowly upheld the use of race in admissions but struck down a points system used by one of the university’s colleges and sent the case back to the lower courts to determine what relief the students were entitled to. University officials said in a statement they were pleased that there was no finding by the court that the pre-2003 admissions policies had caused injury to the plaintiffs.
A version of this article appeared in the February 07, 2007 edition of Education Week