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Undocumented Students - Frequently Asked Questions

Following are answers to common questions regarding the undocumented students who attend Illinois Tech.

How many undocumented students are there at Illinois Tech?

It is not known how many undocumented students attend Illinois Tech. The university does not ask the immigration status of students residing in the USA or attempt to keep such a list. The university does not provide information to anyone concerning immigration status except under certain legal obligations.

Do we have a sanctuary campus?

We protect all students—whether they are international, undocumented, or U.S. citizens—in the same manner. The city of Chicago has defined itself as a sanctuary city. There is no agreed-upon definition of the term sanctuary campus, and we do not identify our university campuses in such a manner; however, we do protect our students’ safety—and their privacy except under certain legal obligations.

Where should undocumented students go for help?

Undocumented students can access the same university student services that are available to all students. Within student services there are staff members who are knowledgeable about issues related to a student’s undocumented status.

For more information, please visit the One Stop student services center in the MTCC or visit https://web.iit.edu/onestop/undocumented-students.

What is the university’s position on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)?

Illinois Tech President Alan Cramb recently joined a number of civic leaders and the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition (IBIC) in sending a letter to our country’s future leadership to highlight the many positive attributes of DACA and to request that the program be supported and continued. President Cramb has also joined more than 450 college and university presidents in signing a statement of support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program and for undocumented immigrant students.

https://www.pomona.edu/news/2016/11/21-college-university-presidents-call-us-uphold-and-continue-daca

Will Public Safety collect information about the immigration status of its students or disclose such information to immigration officials?

Public Safety does not collect such information about any student and as such cannot disclose information that it does not have. Public Safety is not a police department.

Will Illinois Tech allow students with DACA to keep scholarships if DACA is repealed?

Yes, Illinois Tech scholarship funds awarded to students are not conditional upon the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. Therefore, if DACA were repealed, students would retain their scholarship funds. 

Does Illinois Tech share the immigration status of its students with the federal government? 

The immigration status of a student is not shared with the federal government unless the student received a visa from Illinois Tech to enter the United States.

As a general rule, the university does not, absent consent, share information about its employees or students with third parties, including government agencies, except as required by law. This generally means that the university has received a lawfully issued subpoena or comparable order and is then compelled to share such information.  

Two regularly occurring instances when student data is reported to the government are as follows:

  1. All international students who receive a student visa to attend Illinois Tech have their status updated each semester as required by federal law. This information is provided electronically through SEVIS, which is maintained by U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. If the university did not provide this information as and when required, a student would be out of status with his or her visa. 
  2. Students who receive a salary or scholarship from the university have their names, addresses, SSN/TIN numbers, and salary or scholarship amounts reported to the IRS and, with respect to salary, the state of Illinois. No scholarship information is shared if the student does not have a social security number.

What is the university's policy on Requests from Law Enforcement?

Illinois Institute of Technology's Policy and Procedures Handbook outlines that the following procedures should be followed “if a law enforcement officer requests any records or information or any sort of surveillance from the University in regard to the University or concerning a member of the staff, faculty, or student body.” Please review the procedures here.