November 22, 1996
Michigan Court Bars Lawsuits Over Student Athletes' Injuries
In a decision that may have national significance, a Michigan court has ruled that student athletes cannot sue public universities for damages if they are injured.
The 3-to-0 ruling by the Michigan Court of Appeals upheld a lower court's judgment in a case pitting a former University of Michigan gymnast against top university officials.
The appeals court found that intercollegiate athletics, because they are an"inherently educational" part of a university program, can legally