The professors rotate each week, instructing courses in their spare time at off site facilities with donated materials. Their hope is to become accredited, which will allow the students course credits to transfer to other universities. The group of professors claim this is a last resort for illegals who have graduated from high school and have no other option for education in the state.
The new law states that undocumented students can only attend state universities if they pay out-of-state tuition. It also bars any state college or university that has rejected academically qualified applicants in the previous two years from admitting illegal immigrants.
The five schools included are Georgia Tech, the University of Georgia, Georgia State University, Medical College of Georgia and Georgia College and State University. For many, that is not an option. A member of the Board of Regents, and writer of the immigrant policy see's no problem with Freedom University, but believes accreditation won't happen anytime soon. "If they [the professors] are not doing anything illegal, then their is nothing we can do about it," said Larry Walker, "accreditation is a long and difficult process. I don't see that happening anytime soon."
The law was a result of public concern about undocumented students "overrunning" state universities. In a study by the Board of Regents, they found that less than one percent of the student body within the 35 public institutions were illegal immigrants. Reinaldo Roman, one of the professors of Freedom University stated "we have invested enormous resources in these young people. It makes sense to give them a chance at an education." According to Walker, that is not his decision to make. "Its up to the legislative bodies and the Board of Regents to make those decisions."