January 30, 2017
Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students:
As you are likely aware, on Friday, the Trump Administration issued an executive order that temporarily prohibits individuals of seven nations from entering the United States. We have faculty, staff, and students on our campus who are from these countries and are valued in our community.
I want to share what we know about the order and how it might apply to you. According to news reports, the order restricts persons from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the United States for 90 days. Additionally, those same news reports indicate that Syrians with refugee status will be prohibited from entering the United States indefinitely. If you are one of our valued and talented students, faculty, and staff and are from one of these countries, it’s important for you to know that if you leave the United States, you likely will not be allowed to return while the order is in effect.
If you are one of those affected, I want to take this opportunity to say how much President Cramb, our whole university, and I appreciate and honor your contributions to our institution and our community. Illinois Tech is a global university where diversity and inclusion are an essential part of our history and culture. Our university is invested in critical thinking and invents solutions for some of the world’s toughest challenges, and we proudly educate the next generation of great innovators. None of that would be possible without the incalculable contributions of our international students, faculty, and staff. You are our colleagues, fellow scholars, and friends, and we stand with you during this trying time.
I also want to emphasize that we continue to strongly support Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) beneficiaries in our community. President Cramb has joined more than 600 college and university presidents in calling for DACA to be “upheld, continued, and expanded.”
Illinois Tech’s International Center is continuing to monitor this situation and will issue additional guidance as it is available. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to call the International Center at 312.567.3680. For answers to questions regarding diversity and inclusion on campus, you are invited to contact Gerald Doyle, vice provost for Student Access, Success, and Diversity Initiatives, at 773.505.5473 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for all you do to make Illinois Tech such a special place.
Provost, Illinois Institute of Technology