Ore. university tightens rules after dispute

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ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Southern Oregon University has decided to bar people without a standard high school diploma or the equivalent from attending classes as what are called "non-admitted students."

This follows a dispute over an Ashland woman with Down syndrome who has a modified diploma for people with intellectual disability.

The university dropped her from a ceramics class, saying she needed what it called "excessive supervision."

Students who haven't been admitted to the school can take up to eight credits without paying an application fee.

The Medford Mail Tribune reports that until the university changed the rule, it didn't explicitly prohibit people without standard degrees from attending classes as non-admitted students.

The university said the rule is in line with those of other universities and reflects a surge in demand for college classes.

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Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/