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University System to Hold Public Sessions on the Georgia Security and Immigration Compliance Act

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Atlanta — April 20, 2007

Individuals and organizations will have a chance to weigh in with comment on a University System of Georgia policy interpretation of the Georgia Security and Immigration Compliance Act that would make students who are unable to document that they are lawfully present in the United States ineligible for in-state tuition rates.

On July 1, 2007, the University System intends to have the appropriate policies in place to implement the Act.

University System officials have announced a series of four public comment sessions in Clarkston, Dalton, Gainesville and Tifton. Participants will be allotted three minutes for oral comments and may submit additional written comments or reports at each session or to a special website for inclusion in the final record. All sessions will be videotaped.

“We understand that this is an important issue and the intention is to obtain additional opinions and information as the Board of Regents looks ahead to serve the state and Georgia students,” said Tonya Lam, associate vice chancellor for student affairs with the Board of Regents.

The first public session will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Tues., May 8, at Dalton State College in Dalton, in the Gignilliat Memorial Hall Auditorium.

The second session will be held from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Wed. May 9, at Georgia Perimeter College in Clarkston. The session will be held in the Cole Auditorium Fine Arts Building on the College’s Clarkston campus.

The third session will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Fri., May 11, at the University of Georgia Conference Center’s small auditorium in Tifton.

The fourth and final session will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Mon., May 14, at the Gainesville Civic Center in Gainesville. The session will be held in the Chattahoochee Room.

Individuals interested in speaking at any of the four sessions must sign up for a designated three-minute slot on each program. To register, or for more information about the sessions and locations, contact: 1-800-903-0929.

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