The executive order was released by President Donald Trump on January 27 and enacts a 90-day ban on the entry of visitors from the following countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
In a statement Monday, Chancellor Rebecca Blank said the university is monitoring the situation closely and communicating directly with global students, faculty and staff who are potentially affected by the order.
"On Friday, an executive order was signed by President Trump that restricts individuals from seven countries from entering the United States". "The university values the significant contributions of all members of our worldwide community and is committed to their well-being".
University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little says the order has raised concerns for many members of the KU community. Columbia President Lee Bollinger and Barnard President Debora Spar both denounced the order over the weekend in emails sent to students, with Bollinger calling it "discriminatory" and opposed to the University's core values.
As this dynamic situation develops, the University will continue to monitor the situation and offer the best advice possible for students, staff, and faculty.
- Universities around the country have students who are struggling with the new immigration restrictions from President Donald Trump.
Gray-Little states this is a fluid situation and they expect new developments over the coming days and will keep the KU community updated as they learn more. This will impact all non-U.S. citizens entering the country, including our worldwide students, faculty and staff who are traveling. It also puts the US refugee resettlement program on hold for 120 days.
Knapp said the executive order has been a traumatic event for numerous students as some don't know if they can come back to school while others are anxious about not being able to see family back home potentially for months or years.
University leaders are also working with national groups like Association of American Universities and Association of Public Land Grant Universities. This order has broad implications for many, including those in the University of Arkansas community.