AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

The law on affirmative action and discrimination in higher education is in a state of flux, as reflected by cases in which the University of Michigan is involved. Policies on student admissions and financial aid are under scrutiny, but similar issues arise in the employment context as well (e.g., in hiring and promotions). What legal challenges does the University confront as it struggles to increase its student and faculty diversity, and how can the University community respond? On Wednesday, December 2, 1998, the Chapter held a special forum, entitled "Discrimination and Affirmative Action Law: Challenges for the Next Millenium," at which these topics were discussed. The speakers were Jonathan Alger , Legal Counsel of the American Association of University Professors, and Elizabeth Barry, Associate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for the University of Michigan. The session was moderated by Theodore J. St. Antoine, James E. and Sarah A. Degan Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School. [Note: Since the December 2 Chapter meeting, Federal District Judges Patrick Duggan and Bernard A. Friedman have granted class-action status to lawsuits against affirmative action in the admissions practices of the University of Michigan College of Literature, Science and the Arts and the University of Michigan Law School]. Click here to view a transcript of this meeting.

At a business meeting of the Chapter on December 2, 1998, members present voted unanimously to adopt motions authorizing the officers to incorporate and seek tax-exempt status, also to endorse in principle a new constitution required by these steps. Click here to read the new Chapter Constitution. To obtain a copy of the national AAUP Constitution last modified at the 1998 Annual Meeting, click here.




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