UGA athlete policies address sex, appearance and cleanliness

March 27, 2014

11Alive Staff, WXIA

The University of Georgia men's basketball team must follow detailed rules when it comes to dating, as uncovered by the study, shows that Coach Mark Fox includes guidelines on sexual activities, appearances and social networking.

Included under the "Treat women with respect" heading are rules stating "Don't spend all your energy in bed all night," "Hicky's/passion marks should not ever be noticed by coaches" and "One. Not two or three girlfriends."

Social media networking rules state that anything the athletes write can be quote by the coach. Players are forbidden from Twitter unless they have written permission from Coach Fox.

Players are also told that their apartments and dorms are expected to be clean. "We're paying so we're inspecting. I can enter the dorm at any time," the policy states.

Sagging pants and braids are also prohibited, according to the policy.

Sensible Policy, Not Smaller Handcuffs

March 25, 2014

By Nicole Kief, ACLU & Jennifer Bellamy, Washington Legislative Office

You may have heard recently about Dontadrian Bruce, the Mississippi high-school student who was almost expelled for holding up the number "3" with his fingers in a photo taken by his science teacher. Dontradian is number 3 on the football team – and despite his being an A/B student with no history of serious disciplinary problems, the school said he was making a gang sign.

This isn't the first time the school district has been quick to label a Black student a "gang member." And in fact the unnecessarily harsh treatment of students of color for misbehavior—or perceived misbehavior—at school is a huge problem across the country. Too many young people are being pushed out of school and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems instead of given the chance to learn from their mistakes. This phenomenon is frequently referred to as the school-to-prison-pipeline.

The Dream Will Never Die - Strategies to End the New Jim Crow

March 24, 2014

The primary mission of this Conference is to continue the building of a broad based Coalition that will develop strategies collectively on the approaches necessary to END the New Jim Crow in Georgia & the United States. Becoming increasingly organized locally will contribute more to the growing national movement to STOP MASS INCARCERATION.

28th National Law-Related Education Conference

October 01, 2013

The American Bar Association Division for Public Education

October 3-5,

at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead, 3434 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326

Grant admission to selective schools

August 15, 2013

By Azadeh Shahshahani

Georgia just lost another young talent to another state.

Needa Virani arrived in the U.S. at age seven. A year later she moved to Georgia . She attended Brookwood High, where she was a distinguished member of the Math Honors Society and regional science fair participant.

After graduating in 2010 with a 3.97 GPA, Needa attended Georgia Tech and earned a bachelor’s of science degree in biomedical engineering. Needa graduated with high honors, maintained a 3.56 GPA and was a research assistant in an engineering lab. She made plans to pursue a doctoral degree at Georgia Tech under the supervision of a professor who offered her a position in her chosen program.

Little did she know she would be prevented from pursuing her dreams. Earlier this year, the Georgia Tech admissions office informed her that, because of Board of Regents Policy 4.1.6 – which bans undocumented students from attending selective schools – she couldn’t enroll, despite the fact Needa had been granted “deferred action” by the federal government.

Los hijos abandonados

August 09, 2013

Azadeh Shahshahani | 8/7/2013, 9:31 a.m.

Georgia acaba de perder a otro joven talento.

Needa Veerani llegó a EE.UU. a los siete años. Un año más tarde se trasladó a Georgia y vivió aquí desde entonces.

Ella estudió en Brookwood High School, en donde se distinguió como parte de la Math Honors Society y colaboradora de la feria regional de ciencias.

Después de graduarse en 2010 con un puntaje GPA de 3.97, Needa asistió a Georgia Tech y obtuvo una licenciatura en ingeniería biomédica.

Reform bill could affect Ga. undocumented-student ban

June 28, 2013

USA Today
Stephanie Talmadge

A ban passed by the Board of Regents in October 2010 currently prohibits undocumented students in Georgia from attending the state's most selective research universities.

For undocumented students, graduating high school can be cause for anxiety, rather than celebration. Without a Social Security number, finding work and gaining college admission are both high hurdles to clear.

For undocumented students in Georgia, options are even more scarce, as a ban passed by the Board of Regents in October 2010 prohibits their admission to the most selective research universities, including University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Georgia State University, Medical College of Georgia and Georgia College & State University.

But the sweeping immigration reform bill passed by the U.S. Senate Thursday could change that.

Georgia DREAMER and prospective PhD student, Needa Veerani, writes for the ACLU blog about her experience with the ban on access to higher education

June 19, 2013

For Many DACA Students, Access to Higher Education Remains A Challenge

By Needa Virani, Activist

A Georgia student's story highlights the need for immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for the 11 million people who have become part of the American fabric, and aspire to become citizens, but currently have no way to attain legal status.

I came to the U.S. from India at the age of 7. Living in the U.S. has provided me with a life that I would have never been able to have back in India. The U.S. has always been and will always be my home. I have received a great high school education, which helped me graduate from Georgia Tech, a college that has the second-best program in my chosen field, biomedical engineering.

In college, I struggled because of my immigration status. Not only was I ineligible for financial aid, but I also had to pay out-of-state tuition, even though I've lived in Georgia for over 12 years. As is common with DREAMers, my life plans have been subject to politicians' whims; luckily, I got into Georgia Tech exactly one year before the Georgia Board of Regents enacted a policy that banned undocumented students from Georgia's top five colleges and universities.

Yes, There's Still Racial Segregation in 2013

April 07, 2013

It's insane, but friends at Wilcox County High School in Georgia are being divided by race. Parents and students are sponsoring separate proms for white and black students and the school is washing their hands of the whole thing.

A diverse group of friends—who want to attend one of the best nights of their young lives together—are fighting back. They're trying to organize an integrated prom where everyone's welcome, but they could use some support from the school.

Click here to sign the petition.

The ACLU of Georgia Sends Letter to the Board of Regents Asking that They Lift the Ban on Admission for DACA Recipients

March 06, 2013

The ACLU Foundation of Georgia has sent a letter to the Board of Regents asking that they end the application of Policy 4.1.6. (ban on attendance of selective colleges and universities in the University System of Georgia) to young immigrants granted deferred action under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The letter also asks that the Regents issue new guidance recognizing that DACA recipients are “lawfully present” under federal immigration law and thus eligible to seek admission to Georgia’s competitive postsecondary institutions. Portions of the letter were read today by student organizers at the rally against the ban in Athens.

The letter and exhibits can be viewed here:

Letter
Exhibit A
Exhibit B
Exhibit C