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You may have heard of "ban the box." It's a measure aimed at stopping employers from asking about applicants' criminal histories. Now a legal advocacy group is looking into this issue at colleges in the South.

The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law is looking at 17 Southern schools, including Clark Atlanta University and the University of Georgia.

Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee, said some schools' applications don't just ask about convictions.

The University of Georgia arch in Athens, Georgia on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. (Photo/Brenna Beech)
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The University of Georgia has the fifth-best online bachelor’s degree program in the country, according to new rankings from U.S. News and World Report.

The publication says it calculates the rankings based on student engagement, faculty credentials, student services and technology and peer reputation.

Keith Bailey, director of UGA’s online learning program, says online degree programs aren’t shortcuts to earning a bachelor’s.

The state board of regents has approved a building project on the University of Georgia's main campus in Athens.

The regents on Wednesday approved the third phase of the university's $140 million Business Learning Community, The Athens Banner-Herald reports.

The business college occupied Correll Hall, the first of the three buildings, earlier this year. Officials ceremonially broke ground the second building, Amos Hall, on Sept. 18, 2015.

 The Georgia mascot Uga takes the field before an NCAA football game against the LSU, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Athens, Ga.
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Former Georgia mascot Uga IX, the white English bulldog known as Russ, has died only 1 month after giving up his title.

The Savannah, Georgia-based Seiler family, the long-time owners of the Georgia line of mascots, says Russ died in his sleep early Monday morning.

Russ, who was 11, retired before the Nov. 21 game against Georgia Southern when the collar was officially passed along to his successor, Uga X, who is known as Que. Que served as mascot in an unofficial capacity during the 2015 season before his title became official.

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Bulldog Nation has its new leader.

On Monday afternoon, the University of Georgia will introduce Kirby Smart as the head coach of its football program.

Smart, a former player at UGA, will succeed Mark Richt, who stepped down as head coach after the end of the regular season.

During a press conference on Monday, Smart focused on the UGA football player's actions both on and off the field, mentioning multiple times that he was looking for "the right kind of player."

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