Student in the US says he’s ‘the victim of an injustice’
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A student from Georgia says he is the victim of “a crime against humanity” because he’s being denied his constitutional right to attend college.
Shane Miller was born in Georgia and went to school at the University of Georgia in Atlanta.
But in April 2017, the Georgia Board of Regents decided he could not attend classes in a state university in Atlanta and had to transfer to another institution.
The decision sparked an uproar on social media, with many students and faculty calling for the board to be held accountable.
“The university of Georgia has repeatedly violated my rights, and in this case they have done so with impunity,” said Miller.
A spokesperson for the Board of Governors confirmed to Al Jazeera that the board had made the decision to suspend Miller, but declined to comment further on what prompted the suspension.
According to the Board’s website, the university of Atlanta has more than 2,400 students.
It’s unclear what kind of college Miller was enrolled in.
According the school’s website: “The University of Atlanta College of Letters, Arts and Sciences is an independent liberal arts university with a mission to foster academic excellence and community engagement.”
The statement on its website does not provide any additional details.
Al Jazeera has reached out to the Georgia Department of Education for comment.
Miller is one of several students in Georgia who have faced challenges due to the “Georgia Access Act” or the “Credential Accountability Act”, which requires universities to prove that they are accredited by a state agency before they can accept federal student aid.
In Georgia, the state government’s accreditation body, the Board for Higher Education Accreditation (BOE), is tasked with ensuring that universities meet specific academic standards.
Critics argue that the BOE has failed to meet these standards.
“I’m a white male and I can’t afford a college degree in Georgia,” Miller told Al Jazeera.
“I’m in the middle of a recession, and the unemployment rate is higher than it’s been in 20 years, so I can only go to a four-year college.”
Miller’s experience at the university is the latest example of how discrimination has been pushed to the margins of education in the states of the US, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
More than a third of students in the country are enrolled in public or private colleges, according the College Board.
The US has the second-highest number of black students of any nation in the world, with over 2.7 million students.
In Georgia in 2017, students were enrolled at nearly twice the rate of black and Hispanic students in America.
According one analysis, African Americans are still only 13 percent of the state’s student body.
Despite these statistics, the College of Georgia is not accredited by the National Accrediting Agency (NAA), the same accrediting body that accredits institutions like Harvard, Yale, and Penn State.
The NAA is not a US agency.
Its mission is to promote accreditation of academic institutions in the United States, according a statement on the NAA website.
A student from Georgia says he is the victim of “a crime against humanity” because he’s being denied his constitutional…