Georgia Supreme Court Rejects In-State Tuition for Undocumented Students; Student Stage Teach-Ins in Protest


The Georgia Supreme Court this morning has ruled against Georgia undocumented students, who filed suit against the Georgia Board of Regents for access to in-state tuition. In protest, students have begun teach-ins at 3 local universities.

Justice Melton argued in his majority opinion that the Georgia Board of Regents acted within legitimate state sovereign immunity in blocking undocumented students from in-state tuition. Sovereign immunity holds that state government agencies cannot be sued.

The Court, citing themselves in “Sustainable Coast,” noted also that “citizens aggrieved by the unlawful conduct of public officers are without recourse. It means only that they must seek relief against such officers in their individual capacities.”

Charles Kuck, the attorney representing undocumented students in this case, told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that he would move this week to file a new lawsuit that names the individual members of the Board of Regents.

Students have responded by staging teach-ins at three of the public universities around the Atlanta area, including Georgia Tech, Georgia State University, and University of Georgia. The teach-ins are being organized and attended by both undocumented students and student allies at 12 universities across Georgia.

In a press release regarding the sit-ins, Freedom University, a freedom school-style college curricular program in Atlanta, wrote,

In the spirit of the Greensboro sit-in, students from across the nation have gathered at the three campuses, all of which are affected by the two policies, to demand that the presidents of each school, Jere Morehead of UGA, Mark P. Becker of GSU, and George Peterson of Georgia Tech, publicly denounce the discriminatory policies affecting their institutions.