Ohio University values the internationalization of its curriculum and its campus community and it encourages programs that strengthen multicultural awareness. The University welcomes students from around the world. This diverse academic environment with special events such as International Week enhances the learning experiences of all students and prepares OHIO graduates for success as global citizens. The University's Center for International Studies infuses global education into curricula on campus and abroad.
The administration has gone to many lengths during the 2016-2017 academic year to protect our international students and faculty:
- On December 8, President McDavis signed on with more than 600 colleagues to Pomona College's Statement in Support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program and our Undocumented Immigrant Students.
- President McDavis has sent multiple letters to Ohio’s congressional delegation, asking them to review President Trump's executive order “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States” signed on January 27, 2017, and to support the DACA program. To view President McDavis' letters regarding the executive order, click here. To view President McDavis' letters regarding the DACA program, click here.
- The administration often reminds the university community that our harassment and discrimination policy already includes race, national origin and ethnicity. President McDavis sent a mass email to the University community in response to President Trump's executive order on January 30, 2017.
- On February 1, President McDavis signed a letter on behalf of Ohio University through the American Council on Education (ACE) regarding the recent executive order on immigration. The letter, which expresses U.S. higher education’s principles concerning international students, researchers, faculty and staff, is addressed to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly.
- Student Affairs has worked with Housing and Dining to ensure room and board is available for students directly impacted by current and future changes in the immigration process.
- The admissions staff have and will continue to admit students from all countries.
We encourage University community members who are impacted by President Trump's executive order to seek information and counsel from International Student and Faculty Services. Anyone facing discrimination or harassment is encouraged to report to our Equity and Civil Rights Compliance Office.