Students and schools react to affirmative action ruling

The U.S. Supreme Courtâ??s is upholding Michigan's ban on racial preferences in admissions to the state's public universities.

Today's ruling means voters have the right to change their states constitution to prohibit public colleges and universities from taking race into account while making admissions decisions.

Zachary Crutchfield is a sophomore at the University of Michigan Flint. He says while applying to colleges, he had more resources and opportunity than minorities.

He asks, "How can you expect someone to have the same qualifications as everyone else when they are not afforded those opportunities earlier in life?"

In a statement, the University of Michigan says no changes will be made to its admission policies.

Although Fall 2013 statistics show enrollment at its main campus is more than half white males and females. Crutchfield feels the same diversity statistics apply to the universities Flint extension.

"With a university like this that was built specifically to help an area like Flint, itâ??s not accomplishing that job right now," said Crutchfield.

Smaller colleges in Genesee County say their diversity has remained the same before and after

Michael Kelly, Mott community college spokesman: "Our student body reflects the demographic of Genesee County almost exactly," said Mott Community College spokesman Michael Kelly.

Seven other states have similar bans to Michigan's. Now that the supreme court has had its say on the issue the focus is turning to how schools can help promote diversity without giving an unfair advantage in the admissions process.

"Itâ??s a step in the right direction," said Crutchfield.

The decision to uphold proposal two does not mean the states constitution can't be changed to support affirmative action. That right remains with voters.