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President Roderick J. McDavis

President Roderick J. McDavis

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President Roderick J. McDavis issues statement in response to President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration


President Roderick J. McDavis sent the following message to the Ohio University community on Jan. 29, 2017.

Fellow Bobcats,

Ohio University is committed to promoting an atmosphere where understanding and acceptance of cultural and ethnic differences are guaranteed. A climate that represents and embraces different cultures enhances the University’s ability to provide all of its students with the experiences necessary to successfully compete and achieve in an increasingly diverse and complex society. 

I share the increasing concerns from many members of the Ohio University community who are reaching out to me regarding the executive order entitled “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States” signed by President Donald Trump on January 27, 2017, and its potential impact on our fellow students, faculty and staff. OHIO leadership has been communicating with our faculty, students and staff who are, or could potentially be, impacted by this order. We also are monitoring potential changes to immigration laws, policies and practices that could affect the status and safety of members of our Bobcat family, particularly international students and those who may be undocumented. 

Federal immigration law is a topic my administration has been following closely, particularly in terms of the discussion centered on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students, to protect undocumented young people raised in the United States from deportation. On December 5, I asked our U.S. Congressional delegation for their support on behalf of DACA students in our community. Additionally, on December 8, I joined more than 600 colleagues from across the nation as a signatory on the Pomona College's Statement in Support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program and our Undocumented Immigrant Students, expressing my support. The DACA program has allowed many students to attend Ohio University in pursuit of the transformative education we champion. 

Statistics maintained by the Department of Homeland Security indicate that 17,000 students from the seven designated countries named in President Trump’s executive order were allowed into the U.S. for the 2015-2016 school year, according to the Associated Press. Ohio University welcomes and supports students without regard to their immigration status. We comply with federal requirements associated with managing our international programs. Pursuant to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), we protect the privacy of student information.

President Trump’s executive order would place a 90-day ban on the entry of visitors from the following countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Based on the information we have seen so far, we are recommending that citizens of those countries refrain from leaving the United States at this time. The executive order would also prevent returning to the U.S. for at least 90 days. This is true even for those who hold valid U.S. visas. 

We encourage University community members who are impacted by this executive order to seek information and counsel from International Student and Faculty Services or via email at isfs@ohio.edu. We are committed to admitting students and recruiting faculty in a manner consistent with the tenets we hold true, and we are committed to fostering an environment that prepares them for success as global citizens. We will continue to monitor these national discussions and will keep the University community informed of important developments as they unfold.

Cordially, 

Roderick J. McDavis
President


Excerpt from Statement:

The University readily provides resources to students, faculty and staff who are impacted by recent changes to federal immigration policy.

December 5, 2016
President McDavis asked our U.S. Congressional delegation for their support on behalf of DACA students in our community.

December 8, 2016
President McDavis joined more than 600 colleagues from across the nation as a signatory on the Pomona College's Statement in Support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program and our Undocumented Immigrant Students, expressing his support.

January 30, 2017
President McDavis issued this statement in response to President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration.

January 31, 2017
The University’s International Student and Faculty Services issued a letter outlining its support of the University community.

February 3, 2017
President McDavis sent a second message to our U.S. Congressional delegation requesting evaluation of the executive order entitled “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States” signed by President Donald Trump on January 27, 2017.