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Vol. XXV
No. 6
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November/December
2009

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University Retracts Acceptance

Timothy Williams (name changed to protect privacy) was delighted to receive word that he was not only accepted as a student at Robert Morris University (RMU), but also accepted into their athletics program and honors program. He was all set to leave home for his freshman orientation when the admissions office called and abruptly cancelled his admission.

The admissions official informed the Williams family, who are members of Home School Legal Defense Association, that RMU could not accept Timothy’s homeschool transcript. The official said Timothy needed to submit an accredited transcript, a GED score, or an RMU placement test score. With their son’s acceptance on the line, the Williams family called HSLDA.

After reviewing the facts and documents, HSLDA Staff Attorney Scott Woodruff quickly sent a letter to the admissions department explaining that RMU’s actions could be construed as discriminatory and were clearly out of line with federal law. Federal law allows homeschoolers to self-certify their diplomas for purposes of financial aid.

When Woodruff’s letter arrived, university officials immediately held a meeting. The next day, the Williams family received a call from RMU’s admissions department. They apologized for their action and reinstated Timothy’s acceptance into the college, the sports program, and the honors program.

— by Scott A. Woodruff