This statement was sent to the Illinois State University campus community by President Larry Dietz:
In light of the recent Executive Order that limits immigration to the United States, I want to reassure you of Illinois State University's continued commitment to providing a secure and inclusive environment for all students.
Diversity is among Illinois State's core values, and our international community is a critically important part of our Redbird family.
We remain committed to working with international and undocumented students, and we welcome scholars from all over the globe to join and contribute to our diverse campus community. The Office of Admissions at Illinois State University will continue to admit qualified applicants, regardless of their country of origin or citizenship status.
ISU policy protects all students, faculty and staff from discrimination and harassment based on their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, order of protection, gender identity and expression, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, genetic information, unfavorable military discharge or status as a veteran in employment.
We are closely following developments related to the Executive Order and will post updates to this page as they become available.
Larry H. Dietz
While the situation remains very fluid, here are answers to frequently asked questions we have received to date. We will continue to monitor this situation and provide you with updates as appropriate.
Illinois State has joined as a signer of the American Council on Education Letter on Executive Order Concerning Foreign Nationals and National Security sent to John F. Kelly, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.
Many challenges have been filed in federal courts based on contravention of the U.S. Constitution or federal statutes. Some district judges have granted preliminary injunctive relief, but these are temporary and may be limited to certain airports. The situation is still very fluid.
Here are some recent updates, as of Thursday, March 16:
Students can contact the Students' Attorney, Ed McKibbin, in the Dean of Students Office for assistance. While McKibbin is not an immigration attorney, he can assist students to identify the most appropriate legal representation on a confidential basis.
Here is additional information on pro bono attorneys:
This list is provided as a reference only.