A federal judge has upheld Boston University's foreign language requirement, which had been labeled discriminatory by a group of learning-disabled students.

However, U.S. District Judge Patti Saris ordered the university to pay $1.2 million to the students' lawyers.The decision allows BU to continue to require foreign language courses.

"This decision is a victory for everyone who depends upon the integrity of American universities," BU president Jon Westling said.