The addition of the $27.20 fee represents the number of slaves (272) sold by the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus in 1838, who are often referred to as the Georgetown University 272, or GU272.
The students are considering a fee benefiting the descendants of enslaved people.More news: Binance CEO Threatened Craig Wright to Delist Bitcoin SV
The student vote comes as the issue of reparations for slaves has gathered momentum among Democratic candidates running for president in 2020.
"We recognize the great privileges we have been given, and wish to at least partially repay our debts to the families whose involuntary sacrifices made these privileges possible", the resolution states. The proposal was organized by the GU272 Advocacy Team, which conducted an outreach campaign to educate students about slavery.More news: Pistons playoff scenarios in season finale
It would be administered by a board made up of students and descendants of the slaves to provide money for the education of descendants and other charitable purposes. Georgetown has taken initial steps to seek reconciliation, beginning with offering a formal apology to Descendants; renaming two buildings, including one for Isaac Hawkins, the first person named in the 1838 sale; and offering Descendants the same consideration in admissions that it gives members of the Georgetown community. However, the university did not implement any such initiative.
The measure passed by a vote of 2,541-1,304 late Thursday.
"There are many approaches that enable our community to respond to the legacies of slavery", he said.More news: Cheatsheet: All You Need To Know Ahead Of The NBA Playoffs