2-Year College Athletics Group Ends Controversial Rule

March 31, 2015

New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman on Monday announced a settlement with the National Junior College Athletic Association under which the N.J.C.A.A. agreed to end a rule limiting eligibility to students who attended high school in the United States for at least three years. Schneiderman's announcement said that community colleges in New York State raised concern that the rule discriminated against some of their immigrant students, prompting an investigation by his office. The agreement was praised by Frank Sanchez, the City University of New York's vice chancellor for student affairs, who said, "These rule changes will provide undocumented students access to the full array of CUNY programs and activities that make up our distinctive collegiate experience, including intercollegiate athletics." 

A statement by the N.J.C.A.A. made no mention of the legal pressure from New York State. The statement said that the group's board decided to repeal the rule because it was "inconsistent with the association’s mission and detracts from the organization’s goal of promoting healthy and fair competition."

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