The University of Georgia’s top advisory body could vote this week to ask the state Board of Regents to scrap a policy that bars undocumented students from UGA and four other publicly funded universities.
According to reporting by The Athens Banner-Herald, the UGA University Council is scheduled to consider the idea at a meeting on Thursday.
The council would be considering the issue after receiving a petition signed by 80 members of the faculty in which they warn that the measure “represents a step in the direction of resegregation of public education in our state.”
Enacted last year, the regents’ Policy 4.1.6. bars undocumented students from admission to any publicly funded school that was unable to find room for all academically qualified applicants over the preceding two years.
In practice, the measure applies to UGA, Georgia Tech, Georgia State University, Georgia Health Sciences University and Georgia College & State University.
Figures provided by the Board of Regents show those five universities had a total of 29 undocumented students enrolled in 2010.
Undocumented students attending state-funded schools in Georgia are excluded from government financial aid programs and must pay tuition at the higher out-of-state rate.
Some UGA professors responded to Policy 4.1.6. by launching an initiative they call “Freedom University,” which is now providing instruction to around 30 undocumented students.