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Emory won't let protests affect admission
University says students' 'peaceful protests' of gun violence respected
Seney Hall
Seney Hall on the campus of Oxford College of Emory University was completed in 1881. The building is shown in a photo from Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, in Oxford, Ga. - photo by David Clemons

OXFORD, Ga. — Discipline due to taking part in protests over gun violence may not be enough to keep students out of Emory University.

Oxford College of Emory University shared a statement from the university’s admissions office on Saturday, declaring students who engage in “peaceful protest” would not have their admission offers rescinded.

“We respect the action of students who engage in peaceful protest, particularly on an issue like gun violence,” the statement said.

Emory joins other schools such as Boston University and Brown University in assuring students they would not consider discipline actions over protest in admissions.

A March 24 event, March for our Lives, urges students and families to march in protest of gun violence. Another group is calling for a walkout on April 19, which would be the 19th anniversary of the infamous 1999 shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado.

Several students walked outof class at Newton High School in a similar protest Monday. Students who participated in the protest Monday at Newton High received an unexcused absence, Newton County School System spokeswoman Sherri Davis said.