The Wayne State University
(Detroit) Student Council passed a resolution April 3 calling for repeal
of the Higher Education Act's (HEA) anti-drug provision. With the
Wayne State action, the number of colleges and associations of colleges
that have passed similar resolutions now stands at 105.
The resolution passed overwhelmingly,
with only two members of the council voting against it. The action
came after organizing by the Wayne State chapter of Students for Sensible
Drug Policy (http://www.ssdp.org), a
key player in the nationwide Coalition for HEA Reform. While the
coalition includes diverse groups, including the American Council on Education
and the Student Financial Aid Administrators Association, it is on-campus
activism by SSDP members that has proven crucial in prodding various campuses
to add their voice to the clamor for change.
"I am very glad that they
joined the other hundred schools across the nation in requesting that the
drug provision be repealed," local SSDP president Amanda Brazel told the
student newspaper the South End.
Passed at the behest of Rep.
Mark Souder (R-IN) in 1998, the HEA's anti-drug provision has blocked more
than 100,000 students from receiving financial aid because they have drug
convictions. Some 25,000 students lost aid this academic year alone,
according to the US Department of Education. Total disqualifications
since the law's initial implementation in fall 2000 total around 95,000.
The Wayne State resolution
came as the coalition geared up for a day of action on campuses nationwide
on Friday, April 11 (today). See "HEA Reform: Day of Action
on Campuses Nationwide, Press Conference in Washington, ABA and Join Together
Join the Fight" in this issue (http://www.drcnet.org/wol/282.html#heareform)
and visit http://www.ssdp.org/action/
for further details.
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Issue #282, 4/11/03
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