University of Georgia student Juan Carlos Cardoza-Oquendo, right, asks the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia to reverse a policy that effectively bans illegal immigrants from Georgia's most competitive state colleges and universities Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011 in Atlanta. Cardoza-Oquendo and illegal immigrant Keish Kim, left, addressed a committee of the Board of Regents arguing that the policy unfairly excludes a whole group of students and is not well-founded. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
ATLANTA (AP) — University of Georgia President Michael Adams says the campus will continue to follow a state policy banning illegal immigrants from enrolling despite a vote by faculty and staff calling for its repeal.
The university's faculty and staff council voted Thursday to urge the Board of Regents to overturn the policy. The vote is largely symbolic and does not change the UGA administration's enforcement of the statewide rule.
The policy bars any public or university that has rejected an academically qualified applicant in the prior two years from accepting illegal immigrants. It applies to: the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Georgia State University, Georgia Health Sciences University and Georgia College & State University.
Illegal immigrants can still attend any of the system's other 30 schools but have to pay out-of-state tuition.