January 29, 2017
Dear Campus Community,
On Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order entitled “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States by Foreign Nationals.” Section 3 of that Executive Order addresses “suspended entry” into the U.S. of both immigrants and non-immigrants from at least seven countries for a period of 90 days, with few visa category exceptions.
While the situation is fluid, Binghamton University is working to understand the potential implications for our international students and scholars (particularly individuals from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen) so we can provide them with the best advice and support.
As things stand now, the University strongly urges our international students and scholars from the seven noted countries to suspend all international travel, at least until further clarity on the new rules is available. We are closely monitoring developments relating to the full impact of this order, and we will continue to provide updates as they are available.
We know that these are difficult circumstances, leaving many of us concerned. Binghamton University remains committed to the continued success of all of our students and faculty, regardless of religious belief, country of birth or citizenship, and we are here to provide all them with support through this difficult time.
Should you or someone you know need additional support on this issue, we want to ensure that you are aware of the following:
- The Office of International Student and Scholar Services will serve as a resource for information pertaining specifically to immigration.
- The Dean of Students Office has appointed case managers, available to students who have questions/concerns.
- The University’s commitment is firm in continuing to protect student confidentiality, not sharing private information about our students in accordance with the (federal) Family Educational and Rights of Privacy Act (FERPA).
- The New York State University Police at Binghamton does not gather information about the citizenship or immigration status of our students or anyone with whom officers interact, and we have no plans to alter this practice.
- While the University is bound to comply with state and federal law, enforcement of federal immigration policy primarily rests with federal authorities.
- The Student Legal Clinic, which maintains a privileged attorney/client relationship, will be an available resource for students with immigration law-related issues.
Thank you for your support in continuing to make Binghamton University a welcoming, inclusive community.
Harvey G. Stenger, President
Donald G. Nieman, Provost
Krishnaswami Srihari, Executive Vice Provost for International Initiatives