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SDSU Statement Regarding Recent Executive Order

By SDSU News Team
 

The following statement was sent to San Diego State University students, faculty and staff:

On Friday, an executive order was issued by the President of the United States which restricts individuals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering or returning to the U.S. We join universities nationwide and the California State University system to express our deep concern as this action is contrary to our institutional values of diversity and inclusion.

San Diego State University is proud to be one of the most diverse universities in the country. Our international students, faculty and staff are a valued part of the campus community. It is critical that people of all backgrounds and nationalities have the opportunity to pursue their educational and personal goals, and work together in a safe and respectful environment. SDSU is closely monitoring the implementation of the executive order and is committed to providing support to those who may be impacted.

The university is recommending that individuals from the affected countries revisit any plans they have to travel outside of the United States. Advice released by NAFSA: Association of International Educators recommends against international travel. For more information, visit http://www.nafsa.org/Content.aspx?id=57494.

It is important to note that a student’s immigration status is part of their educational record and covered under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. All members of the campus community should respect the privacy and sensitivity of these matters.

Potentially impacted faculty, staff and students (including student visa holders, permanent residents, refugees and asylum seekers) are encouraged to use the resources below. In addition, appropriate university offices will be reaching out to holders of SDSU-sponsored visas from the impacted countries to ensure that they have support.

STUDENTS

International Student Center: Students from the affected countries who are attending SDSU on an international student visa are encouraged to contact the International Student Center at 619-594-1982 where they can receive additional support and guidance. http://isc.sdsu.edu/student_affairs/isc/

The Center for Intercultural Relations promotes cross-cultural understanding and strives to build positive relationships with a special emphasis toward under-represented student populations. Faculty, staff, and students from all backgrounds are invited to visit the Center to learn more about our diverse campus community. The Center for Intercultural Relations is located in the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union, Suite 250 and can be reached at 619-594-7057. It is open Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and on Fridays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. http://go.sdsu.edu/student_affairs/intercultural/

Associated Students provides free legal assistance to students through a partnership with a local legal services organization. Students who are concerned about their immigration status and the impact of the executive order can find information that may be of assistance. http://as.sdsu.edu/azteclegal/

Counseling and Psychological Services offers a wide range of services to help support students with a variety of concerns. The office is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and can be contacted at 619-594-5220. http://go.sdsu.edu/student_affairs/cps/Default.aspx

The Dean of Students, Randy Timm, is also available to address any individual student concerns.  His office may be contacted at deanofstudents@mail.sdsu.edu or 619-594-5221.

FACULTY/STAFF     

The Office of Faculty Advancement: Faculty from impacted countries can contact the Office of Faculty Advancement at 619-594-6111 for additional support. http://fa.sdsu.edu/facultyadvancement/

The Employee Assistance Program offers SDSU faculty and staff confidential support for a variety of concerns including emotional, relationship, health, legal and workplace issues. Information, resources and tools are available online at www.mylifevalues.com or by calling 1-800-342-8111.