On Friday a University of Georgia Judiciary Panel found UGA Senior Emma Krass guilty of violating the University Code of Student Conduct. The panel found that Krass, “violated rule 3.6, failure to comply with the orders of a university official, 3.7, violating the university’s Freedom of Expression policy, and 8.2, unauthorized use of university property.”
On February 1, Emma Krass, UGA Senior & UGA Young Democrats President, was one of 14 individuals arrested at UGA, Georgia Tech, and Georgia State University for civil disobedience in protesting the ban on undocumented students at these Universities.
“I don’t think I violated the Code of Conduct,” Emma Krass told the Athens Banner-Herald. “I was acting according to the principles of the Arch,” Krass said. “In order for the university to be just and fair, it cannot have segregated classrooms.”
In 2011 the Georgia Board of Regents created Policy 4.1.6, which bans undocumented youth from attending Georgia’s top five public universities, and Policy 4.3.4, which prohibits undocumented students from qualifying for in-state tuition. Organizations such as Freedom University have been fighting to overturn these discriminatory policies.
Emma’s hearing took place Friday morning in Memorial Hall on the UGA campus. Ironically, when one enters Memorial Hall they pass through the UGA Hall of Peace & Revolution which praises revolutionaries such as women’s suffrage activist Emmaline Pankhurst (the sign reads “Arrested for the first time in 1908, Pankhurst was arrested seven times before women were granted the right to vote”) and Civil Rights activist Diane Nash (her sign carries a quote, “I believe that if I go to jail now, it may help hasten that day when my child and all children will be free”). The University of Georgia praises and teaches about those who have sought change in the past through civil disobedience, but over the last few years has routinely punished students, including Athens for Everyone’s Adam Veale, for participating in the same sorts of peaceful actions.
The sentence given to Emma by the judiciary panel included a reprimand, a followup meeting with the judiciary, and writing a two-page paper summarizing the “key points” of UGA’s Freedom of Expression Policy (one that has recently faced scrutiny).
Jacqueline Delgadillo, a Freedom University student, states, “As an undocumented student, I see students like Emma, who use their privilege to advance the rights of others, as courageous human beings. Punishing her will only strengthen the undocumented student movement and bring more condemnation upon UGA’s participation in modern educational segregation.”
Athens for Everyone stands in solidarity with Freedom University, the undocumented students facing the ban, Emma Krass and the other brave students arrested for bringing attention to a Board of Regents policy that openly discriminates. We join the call for the Board of Regents to rescind the ban.
Here is the full press release from Freedom of University
Here is the full Athens Banner-Herald articleby