Supreme Court weighs Michiganâ??s ban on race as a factor in college admissions

All eyes are on the University of Michigan system as the U.S. Supreme Court weighs the constitutionality of Michiganâ??s Proposal 2.

The Supreme Court is hearing arguments over a 2006 voter-approved change to the state constitution that bans the University of Michigan and other state schools from using race as a factor when admitting students into the university.

University officials with the Flint campus say what happens with the University of Michiganâ??s campus in Ann Arbor doesnâ??t affect Flintâ??s campus because each regional university has its own criteria and standards when admitting students.

"I agree with the ban,â?? says Levi Terbush, a student of U of M-Flint.

"I think the Supreme Court should allow it,â?? says Miraj Dâ??Ave, a student at U of M.

The university system does not use race as a factor for admissions.

â??You never really want to use race as a factor but they find that a more diverse student body always helps create more education,â?? says Dâ??Ave.

University officials say Proposal 2 makes it more difficult to admit a diverse student body.

In a statement, a university spokesman saying in part, â??the university places a high value on achieving a rich student body.â??

â??I don't think race should be a factor in admissions,â?? says Kendrah Foster, a freshmen communications major at U of M-Flint. â??I think it should be mostly based on merit and your academics,â?? she adds.

As the court weighs a decision, students at U of M-Flint remain divided on the issue.

â??I agree that there should be a ban on using race as a factor for admissions,â?? says Foster.

â??Allow the universities to make their own decisions,â?? says Dâ??Ave.

â??It shouldn't matter what you look like or your age or your gender, all that stuff,â?? says Michelle Kerr.