Obese students at Lincoln University won't have to take a fitness class to graduate after all.

The faculty nixed the idea last week amid complaints that the so-called "fat course" undermined a school principle of equal treatment.

The historically black college, in Chester County, had initiated the policy to address high rates of obesity and diabetes, especially in the African American community.

About 80 students had gotten e-mails saying they had to take the fitness course to graduate.

The plan was to target students with a body mass index of 30 or above.

The "fitness for life" course will instead be suggested to certain students after a freshman class that addresses a number of health issues.