Dec. 2, 2016
Dear Campus Community:
One of Binghamton University’s greatest strengths is its diversity, which creates a rich environment for faculty to teach and students to learn. Now, more than ever, we must double our efforts to ensure that we become an even more welcoming, safe and secure place for all members of our community. Today, we assure you that this administration will do everything in its power to protect our students, faculty and staff, including undocumented immigrants, refugees and international students.
As we strive to assure that Binghamton University remains a safe, inclusive and welcoming community, we have taken and will be taking a number of measures to ensure that we continue to serve the needs of all members of our community.
- The University president has joined other college and university presidents calling for the U.S. to uphold and continue Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
- 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.
The University will work with our community partners to further mobilize support for these initiatives; and as a campus community, will continue work to make Binghamton even more diverse and to assure that all members feel welcome, valued and included, regardless of race, nationality, religion, gender, sexual orientation, dis/ability or immigration status.
Executive Vice President and Provost
Chief Diversity Officer